If you’re looking for just a small amount of extra leg room, well these homemade forward controls just might be what you’re after…
Now I left the brake pedal in its original position as it made this a really simple build. I did this because I have limited movement in my right ankle as I’ve had an ankle joint replacement and I use my heal to brake with, but having said that, I’ve had a few mates take a my bike for a ride after installing the new forward controls and they said that they didn’t have any problems braking using the front pad of their foot.
The pedals were moved approx. 3” forward, and 1-1/2” outward which made a huge difference. I’m 6’ tall and the 3” move forward mightn’t seem a lot but coupled with the 1-1/2” outward extension it made it so much more relaxed riding position and I’m extremely happy with the outcome as it still looks like it came from the factory like it. Plus it didn’t cost me anything as I had made it from pieces of steel I had in the garage. But if you had to buy all the material, it would probably cost about approx $20 - $30 at a guess…
4 pieces of 20mm dia x 25mm long round metal rod drilled and tapped to suit 12mm fine thread bolts.
3 x 12mm fine thread bolts (grade 6 or
1 x 180mm (grade 6 or
bolt, nut and washers.
12mm Hexagonal rod (approx. 55mm long) drilled and tapped to suit 6mm rod.
6mm threaded rod (approx. 25mm long).
1 x 6mm nut to fit the 6mm threaded rod.
Instead of trying to explain how I made them, I decided a picture is worth a thousand words…
RH side (brake pedal)
1. Where the rear bolt originally held the bracket is now bolted to the original front bolt
2. You can see how much the bracket is moved forward in this photo.
3. This shows the 35mm outward extension.
LH Side (gear shift)
4. LH side mounting plate shown fitted to bike.
5. View from top with bracket fitted.
6. Top view showing the 35mm outward extension and the hexagonal spacer for the extension of the gear shift rod.
7. View from front.
Photos of Bike with them fitted.
8. RH side view from rear.
9. Side view, looking like it came from the factory this way.
10. Rear view showing the pegs extended out 35mm each side.