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Peg Weighting

Post by welderteacher » 12:46 pm May 04 2010

Here in Idaho, we have a lot of narrow sidehill single track. Any advice on weighting inside or outside peg in these conditions. Same for tight and technical tracks, weight the inside or outside peg when cornering?

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Post by SS109 » 12:58 pm May 04 2010

For me it is the same for both wide open terrain or tight single track. Bike leans left, I load the right peg and vice versa.
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Post by scheckaet » 01:06 pm May 04 2010

yep always on the outside peg. It's kinda hard to put weight on the inside when you have your foot out anyway :wink:

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Post by Julien D » 04:48 pm May 04 2010

Initiate the turn by weighting the inside peg, as the bike leans over, transfer weight to the outside peg and get that inside leg up by the front fender. This helps a lot in preventing washouts.
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Post by WNC » 09:03 pm May 13 2010

And when you do washout, you'll be on top of the bike instead of under it.
I tend to lightly drag my front brake a bit, it sorta preloads the front end and aides in traction, And exiting the turn, I release the brake which allows the bike to launch a bit. Bout like the same principle to jumping mx style. (preloading the suspension).
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Post by Duke » 08:41 am May 15 2010

"Juliend" offered a rare bit of sound advice in that applying preassure to the inside footpeg really does aid in getting the bike to lean over. Leaning you head to the inside will garner you equall results. As for weighting the outside, Gary Semics advises that many folks apply too much weight to the outside, sort of too much of good thing principle. His theory is one where you dont want to push down so hard that it causes tension in the upper body. The upper body should always be loose and relaxed in order to sustian energy and keep a lower center of gravity. To your question, applying pressure to the outside peg on a off camber hill is the right things to do. You might also consider taking a standing trials position

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Post by kawagumby » 01:55 pm May 15 2010

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Duke wrote:"Juliend" offered a rare bit of sound advice..
Kinda harsh....LOL :twisted:


And how does a loose upper body change the CG? Mebbe if you are ManDongo being loose would keep the weight lower, but that's not upper body anyways.

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Post by Duke » 11:44 am Feb 27 2011

quote="Duke"]"Juliend" offered a rare bit of sound advice.. [/quote]

Kinda harsh....LOL :twisted:

Maybe I need to rephrase the comment. "Rare" in that not a lot of folks recognize the value of weighting the inside peg. I am not implying that "Juliend" rarely offers advice that is sound. As for keeping the upper body relaxed, when you tense up you have tendency to transfer weight to the handlebars. When the upper body relaxes, the body weight seems to transfer lower.

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Post by roberto_shift » 04:12 pm Oct 19 2011

As for keeping the upper body relaxed, when you tense up you have tendency to transfer weight to the handlebars. When the upper body relaxes, the body weight seems to transfer lower.
Its because you are connected to the bike via your pegs - effectively lowering your CG - tense up and yes you transfer weight to bars which elevates your CG - especially if you are standing. The higher you connect the higher the CG and the lower you connect the lower the CG.

For cornering, personally, I use two different techniques depending on if I'm sitting or standing.

Sitting: I initiate with inside peg then shift pressure to outside peg and push in with my outside knee.

Standing: I peg steer which means if I'm turning left I push on my left peg... right I push on my right peg. I stand 90% of the time and practice the toes in school of thought so the terrain makes my knees grip my bike when needed without my input.

I keep my upper body loose in either case - and of course it's never quite as simple as that depending on the corner... is the corner rutted, braking bumps, roots, rocks, berm, off cambered... my speed, my braking (ie brake steering) and body position over the bike for optimal traction.

Just my 2 cents.

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Re: Peg Weighting

Post by adam728 » 05:18 am Sep 27 2013

Changing whether your inputs are through the bars or pegs simply changes how you are leveraging the bike. Does not change center of gravity at all. How can it, the location of mass in the system hasn't changed.

Just a pet peeve of mine. I see it often as a sitting vs standing argument, that standing has a lower cg because you are on the pegs. Completely false.

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Post by Postigo » 06:55 am Sep 27 2013

adam728 wrote:Changing whether your inputs are through the bars or pegs simply changes how you are leveraging the bike. Does not change center of gravity at all. How can it, the location of mass in the system hasn't changed.

Just a pet peeve of mine. I see it often as a sitting vs standing argument, that standing has a lower cg because you are on the pegs. Completely false.

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Re: Peg Weighting

Post by adam728 » 07:56 am Sep 27 2013

Again, that is nothing to do with center if gravity. I don't disagree with what you are saying, but it's a complete misinterpretation of the definition of cg.

There is so many variables involved in the dynamic of motorcycle handling / suspension that it's mind boggling. Center of gravity is just a small part of it, and explains very little of what you are trying to explain.

Think of this for a second, the center of gravity of a XR650 and rider is much lower than that of a YZ125 and rider. Who here will argue the YZ handles worse because of higher cg?

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Re: Peg Weighting

Post by Postigo » 01:57 pm Sep 27 2013

Adam you are wright. I understand the CG definition and shouldn't use it to explain the seat and stand statement. Its not the same as force or weight applied to a specific palace here is a tread explaining the advantages :supz: http://motorcycletripper.com/?page_id=379420
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