FORGOTTEN MOTOCROSS TECH: WIDE WORLD OF FOOTPEG DEVELOPMENT

Motocross history is filled with examples of creative ideas that were heralded as ground-breaking, but, because of the rapid rate of change in development, sank into the swamp of forgotten technology. Although some are best left abandoned, others were truly innovative—if not ultimately successful. MXA reveals motocross’ tech trivia. Do you remember this idea? The wide world of motocross footpegs.

The modern footpeg took a long time to get where it is today. Footpegs have gone from flat metal plates to spot-welded bumps to AMA-mandated rubber covers to Hodaka’s sliding bar footpegs to pivoting footpegs and, most exotically, to CCM bolting its footpegs directly on the ignition and clutch covers.

1972 Hodaka pegs that slide.

With each passing year the width of footpegs has steadily increased. Back in the day the typical motocross peg was 25mm wide. Kawasaki was the first OEM manufacturer to install ultra-wide 40mm footpegs on its bikes, and today the most popular titanium aftermarket pegs are 57mm wide. Anyone betting on 60mm?

1976 CCM footpeg bolted to the ignition cover.


1964 to 1972 smooth Husky pegs.

Modern titanium footpegs.

 

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