Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Treasure Coast of FLA
Added Moto Werks peg lowering blocks and brake lever nut
I'm only 5'10," w/a 30" inseam but at 58+, my knees and hips get uncomfortable on longer rides and w/me, it's all about comfort when I ride now.
So last week I ordered the Moto Werks set up, blocks and brake lever nut, to give me a skosh more leg, hip & knee room. I swear the things arrived about 10m after I ordered them. All parts look rock solid & appear to be some nice quality stuff.
Now, I don't not have a spatially-oriented mind; it's one of the reasons I often farm out mechanical work but I had the day free and decided to give this a go. I printed up the directions off the Moto Werks site, only to discover that the directions for the N1K were intended for the 650 model Kawis. That was confusing at first until I figured it out. Moto Werks needs to change that link. Luckily, there was another link for the Z1000; I figured that would be close enough, and it was.
Overall, even w/my skill package & tool set, I was able to figure it out. I got both pegs and the brake lever nut done in under 2 hours. Some of the directions were a tad confusing tho. For example, when installing the right side peg, they tell you to use the left lowering block. Huh? Ok, I figured they knew better than me but it's an obvious typo. They really need to work on the instruction sheets and pictures.
Once I got it figured out, the actual install wasn't bad and I didn't lose much blood in the process. Probably the worst part was trying to loosen the nut holding the little cage around the rod assembly. Here's a hint- hit it w/a shot of WD40 first. After struggling w/that thing for 15m, the WD40 freed it up in less than 3m. Another bitch was trying to remove the cotter pin off the backside of the brake adjustment pin. Crikey, could Kawi have squeezed it into a smaller place?
Another small challenge was setting the brake pedal height w/the new brake adjustment pin. I was hoping to drop the pedal low but that set off the brake switch, so it took a bit of trial and error, as well as loosening the part of the lower fairing that attaches down there, to get it to set as low as possible w/out triggering the switch.
Outside of those minor issues and the instructions snafu, it all went well and, ta-da, near-instant additional legroom. Yeah, it's only an incremental amount but I took the bike for a short ride and I could tell the difference. Heck, I'll take anything to open up the riding position a bit.
If I can believe the number of cycle-ergo.com web page, between all the comfort mods I've done, my bike now sits more open than the FJR1300 I've been eyeing, but still not as open as the Versys 1000, altho it's dang close.
Last edited by spectreman; 03-24-2019 at 09:22 PM.