Originally Posted by bnblazer
I noticed a while back that some here were considering the purchase of a peg lowering kit for their GT. It looks like Verholen is the only game in town right now.
If you did install them, what are your thoughts? How did it affect shift and brake pedal usage/placement? Do you use the stock pegs? How was you comfort bettered or made worse?
After my first extended test ride on a GT I found I could not manage the stock peg position. I purchased the Verholen lowering kit on spec (following Philspace's positive comments) and got my dealer to install them on their demo GT for me to do a second test run. The difference was so marked that I purchased a GT on the strength of a 3 hour test ride with them on. The gear lever was easily adjustable, although I would prefer to have the Pirates Lair extension lever to make the shifting slightly easier. It wasn't a problem once I got used to the slightly offset position, but it would just bring the lever and the peg in line more. The kit uses the standard pegs, transferred to the lowered links. I did not have any problem with scraping the pegs during cornering, even though I was pushing the bike more than I would have done had I been on the LT, but then I've never scraped that either.
The brake lever is a bit more of a problem, as there is no simple adjustment mechanism like there is on the gear shift, and the dealer did not want to mess around too much with their demo bike. However, they are going to look into adjusting the brake lever once my own bike arrives at the end of the month. Again, it was not a problem once I got used to the slightly high position and, because the Verholen kits are adjustable, it may be possible to change the angle of the pegs slightly as well. Hill starts were still perfectly possible using the foot brake, so the adjustment needed is relatively small to be more comfortable.
The bottom line is that for me they made the difference between not buying the bike and being able to enjoy the charms of the GT.