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Old 09-28-2006, 08:14 AM   #1
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Question Heel Guard Pressure

I'm curious, How much pressure or squeeze do you put on your heel guards when riding hard. I just noticed yesterday that If I squeeze my knees into the tank and my heels agains the guards, I have MUCH more control.
Is there any negative repercussion to applying pressure on your heels?

One thing I did notice is that my toe points out more than in towards the bike when I ride like this.
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Mine are plastic and would just bend. I ride with the of my feet on the pegs, and relaxed, and do all my inputs thru the pegs and bars. I found over the years that it lets the bike move around a bit if needed.

Only time I really squeeze the tank with my knees is if a wheelie gets a little too high...
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i put pressure on the of my feet, and try and keep my feet in a straight path vs toe in/out
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i put pressure on the of my feet, and try and keep my feet in a straight path vs toe in/out
+1..i dont like my toes pointing out
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....+ when your is hanging off the side of the seat, I find it a bit difficult to squeeze the tank...


may be just me...




But I learned a lot from riding trials and motocross that weight on the pegs and bar inputs make the most difference, and carried it over to street bikes. Guess that's why the rear sliding around doesn't bother me as much... I pretty much let the bike move around and find it's own way, as long as the front stays planted.
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^ I think you WEIGHT has a lot to do with it too
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^ I think you WEIGHT has a lot to do with it too

nahhhh proper technique means your is floating off the seat and all the weight is on the pegs.

I'll give ya another chance to chase me soon enough... :confused2




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Just dont let swift lead at anytime or you will be chasing him down all the gravel roads.
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Just dont let swift lead at anytime or you will be chasing him down all the gravel roads.

Gravel is fun now and then, lets me practice my flat tracking skills and spitting rocks back at him...


He'd probably like that anyhow...
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....+ when your is hanging off the side of the seat, I find it a bit difficult to squeeze the tank...


may be just me...




But I learned a lot from riding trials and motocross that weight on the pegs and bar inputs make the most difference, and carried it over to street bikes. Guess that's why the rear sliding around doesn't bother me as much... I pretty much let the bike move around and find it's own way, as long as the front stays planted.
+1...glad to know I'm not alone. Was starting to think I was doing it wrong...I don't do the heel to guard thing...:eh:
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All depends on the type of riding.

Dunno.. I ride pretty much the same no matter what. May not hang off as much in traffic, but I always countersteer and weight my pegs, and move around depending on braking or accelerating..

But I am a firm believer in practice makes perfect, and feel like habits are better in an emergency then having to think and remember what to do.

No such thing as planting the and giving the tank a death squeeze....
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Dunno.. I ride pretty much the same no matter what. May not hang off as much in traffic, but I always countersteer and weight my pegs, and move around depending on braking or accelerating..

No such thing as planting the and giving the tank a death squeeze....
Well, I constantly adjust based on riding conditions but, I give the tank the grip of death when braking hard for things like T3 @ TWS (Texas World Speedway) or stoppies at red lights for cute girls. Also riding straight on the freeways so I can take the pressure off my wrists. Otherwise, I am confused by the nature of the question.
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Good answer.. guess the original question got lost in all the OT usual!!
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