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Foot Pegs & Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis (Aching Heel)
While I was a motorcycle instructor, I spent many hours with my feet on the foot pegs of a motorcycle.
When I began developing very painful heels, I decided to Google it to find out why. I found out about Plantar Fascitis.

The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that runs along the sole from the heel to the ball of the foot.
Plantar Fascia Image
One of its main roles is to keep the bones and joints in position.
Bruising or overstretching this ligament can cause inflammation and heel pain.
A common cause is flat feet, because the ligament is forced to overstretch as the foot spreads out and the arch flattens.
The pain may be worse first thing in the morning or after rest.
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Foot_problems_heel_pain

I had a hunch that the foot pegs might be overstretching these ligaments so I began riding with only my toes or heels on the pegs.
By avoiding having the footpegs in the arches of my feet, within a month the heel pain went away.
I then knew for sure that I needed to put running boards, (also known as foot boards or floor boards), onto all of my motorcycles.

It was easy to order running boards for my Honda Shadow online because it is a cruiser, but the XLV750R was a bit different.
Knowing that I will spend a lot of time with my feet on the foot pegs.
My only option was to make my own.

Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
On the left is the foot peg.
On the right is the brake.

I cut some pine with a jigsaw to fit the peg.

Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
I cut some 1/4" plate to fit the pine. And added a 3/8 BSW High Tensile bolt.
Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R

On the left is the gear change.
On the right is the foot peg.
Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
Both running boards were ready to weld.
Floor Boards XLV750R Floor Boards XLV750R
The brake was below the running board.
I had to make an extension to bolt to the brake peg.
Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
The gear lever was below the running board.
I had to adjust the lever to allow gear changing.
Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
I adjusted the gear lever to allow comfortable gear changing.
Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
I built an extension for the brake.
And the best part, it can all be removed to original configuration, if I decide to sell the bike.
This is because I did not need to modify the bike at all.
Floor Boards XLV750R
Floor Boards XLV750R
I used a lock nut underneath so that it will not loosen.
XLV750R Floor Boards
XLV750R Floor Boards
XLV750R Floor Boards
XLV750R Floor Boards
I am so pleased with how comfortable it is to ride now.

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