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Hey guys,

I have really been trying to work on my body positioning lately as I approach my first track day later this month. One problem that I am really having is my inside foot positioning as I am in the turn. I have an 04 R6 and the problem that I am having is when I am in the turn, the ball of my feet are on the rear set, arched up and away from the ground but the back of my boot keeps rubbing against the swingarm. I noticed it when I got off the bike and looked at the swingarm and the paint was rubbed off.:dunce:

This is were the paint is rubbing off.(dont mind the chicken strips. This tire was 10 miles new.


So my question is, for you 03-05 owners, do you have the same rubbing issue? I wear a size 44 Alpinestar SMX4 boot and I find it hard to not rub against the swingarm. I noticed that the new generation swingarms have a plastic casing around the swingarm, the exact place were I am rubbing.
 

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mine rubs exactly on that plastic caasing you speak of on the swingarm... I think you are fine, your foots inside and you are on the balls fo your feet. thats my opinion though :sheep
 

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you should be fine i dont think any harm will come out of it

i would rather have that problem vs. the one i have with my boots melting on my exhaust due to the fact its a blue flame high mount
 

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mine rubs exactly on that plastic caasing you speak of on the swingarm... I think you are fine, your foots inside and you are on the balls fo your feet. thats my opinion though :sheep
But see you 06-08 guys have the plastic case over your swingarm. We dont. I have already rubbed the swingarm paint completley off and bought some colorrite touch up paint to touch it up. I wonder if aftermarket rearsets would fix the issue or maybe some 3M clear tape that they put on the front of cars to protect the paint from chipping when rocks hit it...
 
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Do you have any pics of you on bike mid-turn???
 

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Do you have any pics of you on bike mid-turn???
Not yet. I will on the track on the 26th... Im also going to have an instructer hlp me out on my BP. Ive been told its good but I still feel like I need minor adjustments
hey homo.....i got an 04 also...and this is how i use my foot position(p.s. im not going fast cause we are under yellow flag)
http://gotbluemilk.com/web080331/47/imagepages/image12.html
does your foot rub the swingarm?
I cant see with that pic...basically i have my foot pivoted, tucked in but it keeps hitting the swingarm.
 

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I put a piece of black electric tape over the rubbing on both sides and change it every several washes. It holds up good and protects the swingarm well. And the tape color blends in perfect. Its a cosmetic thing
 

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i have the same issue too... glad i m not the only one, hahaha

for a year i wasnt doing anything about it and paint is fine except for the sections i rub with my boots... will prob touch up w/paint later

also, taping is up is a good idea :)
 

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Matt, I've got the same problem, on the same side. What size boot do you wear? I'm a 10...so I susupect if you're like a 12 or 13 or larger it's gonna be all the easier for your huge clogger to hang back and scrub the swing-arm.

Check your heel guard. It might be bent inboard somewhat. I noticed that on mine. My left heel guard is perfectly straight and flat whereas my right is kinda bent in. I think I may have squeezed a little too night during a speed dash or something, but I think that's what's allowing my heel to rub.

Do you notice then when riding in street boots (Lugz, DMs, etc) and riding (proprietary-motorcycle riding/racing boots...like some SMXs) or just one or the other? My heel doesn't hit the swing-arm when I'm wearing my race boots...only street boots. I dunno...I think the A*s keep my ankle straighter, not allowing that lateral movement.

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I got a size 8 and mine rubs with the Sidi boots also.
I thought I was the only one also!
 

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Sidi boots, size 12 US. Here is what my race bike looks like. It's the same on both sides.
I don't worry about it, but I suppose if you are going for looks... you can put some tape over it at track days and remove it on the street.

 

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Matt, I've got the same problem, on the same side. What size boot do you wear? I'm a 10...so I susupect if you're like a 12 or 13 or larger it's gonna be all the easier for your huge clogger to hang back and scrub the swing-arm.

Check your heel guard. It might be bent inboard somewhat. I noticed that on mine. My left heel guard is perfectly straight and flat whereas my right is kinda bent in. I think I may have squeezed a little too night during a speed dash or something, but I think that's what's allowing my heel to rub.

Do you notice then when riding in street boots (Lugz, DMs, etc) and riding (proprietary-motorcycle riding/racing boots...like some SMXs) or just one or the other? My heel doesn't hit the swing-arm when I'm wearing my race boots...only street boots. I dunno...I think the A*s keep my ankle straighter, not allowing that lateral movement.

I like tacos.

Only when I am riding aggressive on the street and soon to be track. It sucks but it soudns like I am not the only one. I guess Im going to put a couple layers of tape on it...
Sidi boots, size 12 US. Here is what my race bike looks like. It's the same on both sides.
I don't worry about it, but I suppose if you are going for looks... you can put some tape over it at track days and remove it on the street.

Wow... THat is exactly what mine looked like before the touch up paint! This is really weird that no one has come up with something to fix this yet... THanks for the pic!
 

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They have :) it's called 2006 R6 :)
I don't care about it enough to do anything, but then my race bike has other cosmetic issues I'd want to address before looking at something so minor...
 

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I think you're fine. That is normal, for your feet to extend past the heelguards and rub on the swingarm. Just be careful, that swingarm can move aroudn quite a bit. I have an 06 R6, so I have the plastic guards on the swingarm and I definitely feel my feet being right on them. Here's how I position my feet, but with boots the foot ends up touching the swingarm as well as the heelguard.

 

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u have 5 toes?
 

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I think you're fine. That is normal, for your feet to extend past the heelguards and rub on the swingarm. Just be careful, that swingarm can move aroudn quite a bit. I have an 06 R6, so I have the plastic guards on the swingarm and I definitely feel my feet being right on them. Here's how I position my feet, but with boots the foot ends up touching the swingarm as well as the heelguard.

bwahahaha nice photo...!
 
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