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Offline Phmode

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So, out for a gentle bimble yesterday and remember taking a good-angle right turn at some speed rather than stopping to give way to the speeding transit coming t'other way. Nae problem.

On the return, I remembered the turning as I approached and figured it would be a full-stop with a lingering look over the right shoulder. It was and also slightly uphill for me. There was nothing coming and so I pulled out, cranked over to the left slightly and that's when all hell broke loose.

I was close to home and getting tired on the first K run since lockdown and was a little tardy at getting my left boot up on the peg. Suddenly the bike was bolt upright and crossing the white line and my left leg was trapped somewhere.

I managed to stop, straddling the line, to find my left (folding) peg had caught on top of my boot, despite having trousers over boots. The more I had tried to crank left, the harder the peg dug in and pushed me upright, the grippy sole of my boot sticking fast to the tarmac and rapidly taking my heel back toward the tyre.

It took a second or two to untangle myself and luckily the now approaching car driver figured I was some sort of imbecile and stopped well short of me. That shook me up! Not the car stopping, I would have been really shaken up if he hadn't...

I've had the opposite problem on the off-road spec Honda where my trouser cuff has got hooked on the spikes on the peg and stopped me getting my boot down at a badly cambered T-junction and now I mostly tuck my trousers in my boots off-road, but that can be messy and wet...

Had it been a busy road the outcome could and very well would, have been very different and hopefully that was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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In a similar vein Brian I had a pair of boots that had the flap and zip on the inside which occasionally got caught on the peg when putting your foot down. The Altbergs have the fastenings on the outside. I always look now before considering a pair of boots to make sure the closures are not going to interfere with the pegs.
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 :o - glad you're OK.

I remember many years ago pulling up to the traffic lights on my GT250 only to gracefully fall on my side due to the kickstart going up the inside of my trouser leg and not letting me put my foot down.

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That sounds very familiar Simon  ;D Suzuki T350 in my case  :-[

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Pair of trainers with long laces for me , on my mates gpz500 at the time. Went to put left foot down and laces looped on gear lever ....managed to untangle in due course thankfully
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Who knew PPE clothing could be so bloody dangerous.

My road TCX have the closure on the inside, the theory is that the zip etc doesn't gat worn through in a slide.

My of-road TCX have the clips and closure on the outside.

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Who knew PPE clothing could be so bloody dangerous.

My road TCX have the closure on the inside, the theory is that the zip etc doesn't gat worn through in a slide.

My of-road TCX have the clips and closure on the outside.

Crikey Bri, glad you're ok! And far lower down the glad scale, i'm glad you can share this with everyone. Now I have folding pegs again too!

My road Alpinestar boots have the closure inside, my 'adventure' (big, too big, no feel) Alpinestars have it on the outside. I'd never thought about why before!
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I used to occasionally get a similar thing when the rigid pegs on my MotorSport would catch on the top of my boot. (Leathers inside boot.) Mild panic the first time it happened but I quickly got the hang of unhooking the boot while on the move.
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We are what we were in the moto, i bet all had similar mishaps on trainers with long laces or similar shoes.
Glad you're ok.
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I'm getting worried I'll catch my hair in the wheel spokes soon.
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Re: Stupid and potentially fatal clothing/motorcycle interface failure...
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2020, 05:10:34 pm »
I did mention the hair Matt  ;D