Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Mike in Los Angeles
Bank angle pegs, aka lean angle feeler / peg dragger
So this weekend, I did a little spirited riding through the LA area canyons. Definitely going around curves faster than the Bobber is intended. I understand it’s not that kind of bike but those curves just quickened my blood. I was shifting my weight to maximize lean/grip as much as possible. However I still found myself repeatedly scrapping my pegs. Slowing down would solve the problem but where’s the fun in that?
After my ride, I took a look at my feelers and I’ll need to replace them soon. Imagine my shock when I looked up the part number (T2080780) and this simple acorn bolt is $10USD! For just one!! Unfortunately there aren’t a lot of good options due to Triumph’s odd ball sizing. You can buy a GMan Titanium Dragger for $50 and throw sparks when you touch down or you can go to the hardware store and just use any M8x1.0 - 10mm bolt. Using a bolt is an issue because if you grind down the head enough, unscrewing it (to eventually replace again) will be difficult. You could make the bolt head bigger by permanently fastening a M8x1.0 nut up against the bolt head (need a slightly longer bolt as well). Perfectly functional but not pretty.
My solution is to buy 10 acorn nuts (M8x1.0) and 10 set screws aka grub screws (M8x1.0-16mm). Then using some permanent red thread locker, assemble them to make my own feelers. So for $20, I’ll have 10 feelers that function and look perfectly stock. This should last me a couple of years. I don’t mind spending money on bike parts but $10 for a screw is exorbitant.