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I find myself inadvertently resting my size 14 right foot on the rear brake. I know that my 2021 MT-09 SP has adjustable footpegs. Would it help me to raise the right peg? Understand, please, that I am over 60 and not in prime ballerina mode.

For now, I move my right foot backwards so that the ball of my foot rests on the peg. That way, it does not accidentally trip the rear brake. Suggestions welcome. Thank you.
 

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For now, I move my right foot backwards so that the ball of my foot rests on the peg.
This is the proper foot position when riding. You may also adjust the brake lever height such that it’s a bit lower so your foot doesn’t ride on it if you’re riding in your arches.
 

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This is the proper foot position when riding. You may also adjust the brake lever height such that it’s a bit lower so your foot doesn’t ride on it if you’re riding in your arches.
Thank you. When I bring the bike in for the first service, I will ask about that. My lower legs thank you, friend.
 

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Raising the rearset will bring the brake lever with it. So no gain there, and if your size 14 feet have matching legs, you’ll probably want to keep the rearsets in the low position! The correct adjustment is the one Brent pointed out. It’s pretty easy to do yourself. No need to pay the shop to do it...
 

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Adjusting the controls for my liking is the first thing I do with a new bike, handlebar and foot.
It's an often overlooked thing. Dave Moss did a great video on this topic. He begins by asking "What's the first thing most people do with their bikes when they get them.... exhaust? What they should be doing is adjusting the ergonomics for themselves." Makes a great point.
 

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I find myself inadvertently resting my size 14 right foot on the rear brake. I know that my 2021 MT-09 SP has adjustable footpegs. Would it help me to raise the right peg? Understand, please, that I am over 60 and not in prime ballerina mode.

For now, I move my right foot backwards so that the ball of my foot rests on the peg. That way, it does not accidentally trip the rear brake. Suggestions welcome. Thank you.
All controls need to be set up for your individual fit rather than you adjusting to the motorcycle. This includes both height and travel on the clutch and brake lever, shifter height, brake lever height, as well as the more obvious mirrors. Seat height is another common item to address for personal fit and comfort.

The proper position for your foot is whatever is comfortable for you. The controls are set for your foot to be positioned on the peg just in front of the heal of your boot. Some folks like to ride with the ball of their feet on the center of the peg but this is mostly for cornering clearance rather than the "proper" position for your foot. Riding like this requires changing foot position every time you want to shift or use the rear brake. Do whatever works for you.
 

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This is the proper foot position when riding.
On the track certainly. Why would you ride on the balls of your feet when you can't then easily get to the brake pedal and gearchange??

The correct road riding positioning is to have the medial longitudinal arch on the footrest, thereby giving direct access to the controls by your phalanges :);)

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Try standing on a 2X4 and doing squats. From the ball of your foot you have much more control of balance and muscle groups. I may be wrong but 20 years of racing motocross taught me that the balls of my feet on the pegs was indispensable for control. BTW, why are you so concerned about reaching the back brake, minimal use at best, but that is another discussion. I slide my foot back and forth to shift. That is why sport bikes have round metal pegs.
 

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Try standing on a 2X4 and doing squats. From the ball of your foot you have much more control of balance and muscle groups. I may be wrong but 20 years of racing motocross taught me that the balls of my feet on the pegs was indispensable for control. BTW, why are you so concerned about reaching the back brake, minimal use at best, but that is another discussion. I slide my foot back and forth to shift. That is why sport bikes have round metal pegs.
I think you answered your own question - you're talking about race and sports bikes. Having raced track bikes for decades I have to agree with ball of foot control to "feel" what the tyres/chassis is doing. We're talking about an MT09 on the street here - apples and pears....................
 

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I use the same technique all of the time with my feet. I shame many people on true sport bikes with my FZ-09, but I rarely just cruise around on mine. Correction, why do the FZ & MT have round pegs?
 

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I also ride with the balls of my feet on the pegs, street or track. I move my foot forward to reach the rear brake or the shifter. When cornerning the arch of my outside foot is on the peg to help me anchor my thigh to the tank.
 

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Yeah, because that's how you're supposed to ride at all times.
If you're riding on the arch of your foot, don't be surprised when your foot drags the brake.
 

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Ahh well - I've been doing it wrong for 50 years tsk, tsk.

Maybe all manufacturers should fit auto gearboxes and linked brakes................... :cool:

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