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I'm considering buying a 2009 V-Star 950 Tourer and am concerned about scraping the floorboards in turns. I currently have a 2005 Suzuki C50T with floorboards which allow me to get pretty low in turns both at low and high speed and rarely scrape. When I compared it to a V-Star 950 at the dealership, there was much less distance between floorboards and the ground on the V-Star. Is there any way to raise the floorboards on the V-star or do another mod for higher ground clearance in turns?
 

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Scraping floor boards

Jet,

I do not have a 950 but I believe the boards are fairly low as you say. You may well scrape the boards in a hard turn. I had an 1100, the boards were also low in it. I just needed to get used to it. They are designed to scrape without any problem. They pivot up easly and have a replaceable bumper on the bottom. The sound is unnerving at first. That is what you will need to get used to. Don't let this get in your way 950 is a great bike. Some even like to brag about scraping boards.

I don't know of a mod to raise the boards but maybe someone else has some input.

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Don't know much about 950's other than they are a good lookin ride, I assume(always dangerous) they have spring loaded floorboards, knowing you are going to scrape at times, if you like the way it sits, go for it and change the boards as needed, if you were to raise them some way, your riding postion would change, maybe worse, maybe better, just a few idle thoughts.:)
 

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I do own a 950, and I have definitely scraped the floorboards more than once, lol:eek:

But as long as you don't lean hard like you're on a crotch rocket, you'll be OK, although the bike feels very nimble and is definitely capable of tight hard leaning angles, the boards do limit the bikes overall performance on cornering. she's really not made for burning through hard cornering that's for sure.

I am really happy with this bike, the only mod so far is a gel pad for the rear seat for my wife, I have the blue two tone with the quick release sissy bar and back rest.

I think that you hit on the only slight drawback of the new 950, still a dam good bike though, I know I own one :D
 

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Scraped em too.

Yeah, I have a 950 too, I have scraped my floorboards too alot, one time it grabbed and jolted me a little so be careful, but the plus side of this bike is that it is just a really great bike and powerful. I love it I will try and fix my floor board situation and let people know.
 

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I was carefully studying the problem, to me it looks like it's not going to be an easy fix, it seems that the mounting plates for the boards might also have to be moved, let us know what you come up with.

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i kinda like scraping them. lets you know you're making a hard turn, and lets u know you've just about reached your limit in how far you should be leaning the bike, almost like a warning. like those before said, you're not gonna scrape them a whole lot unless you're trying to treat the bike like a crotch rocket.
 

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the bike is built too low, as a compromise for short people, and floorboards are easier for short people than pegs.

it's a compromise. we lowered my wife's 950, and i scrape a floor board any time i ride it.

you basically have to learn to "counter balance" by leaning your body in, and keeping the bike straight up.

it's a good bike for many reasons, but not a corner carver.
 

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You can shim the floorboards up but not much. If you unbolt them from the mounting arms you can stack a few small washers between the floorboards and the mounting arms. Like i said you may only gain a few millimeters but might be all you need.
 

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I'm considering buying a 2009 V-Star 950 Tourer and am concerned about scraping the floorboards in turns. I currently have a 2005 Suzuki C50T with floorboards which allow me to get pretty low in turns both at low and high speed and rarely scrape. When I compared it to a V-Star 950 at the dealership, there was much less distance between floorboards and the ground on the V-Star. Is there any way to raise the floorboards on the V-star or do another mod for higher ground clearance in turns?

I suppose you could put some shims or some such under the floorboards to raise it a small amount. That said, The 950 is a cruiser not a 600 cc crotch rocket that you are going to want to lay on its side when you go around a corner. I probably scrape the boards on my 950 at least 1 or two times whenever I ride. Not a big deal anymore but it sure shocked me the first time I did it. Only once have I had the bike over far enough to feel like the floorboard was gouging a groove in the asphalt and that was because I took a left turn a tad to fast. It was nice to know tho that I could lay the bike over if needed to.

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Yeah I noticed I am actually grinding on the mounting brackets sometimes, but then again I did lower my bike pretty good.
hi i posted on a previous thread and took a bit of stick for it. the floarboards will scrape when your running high speed on a bend its a sort of warning to back of,if your in to hot then the back of the bracket will dig in to the tarmac causing the rear wheel to hop in the air , just take a a bit off the back braket with a grinder make a straight line from the edge to the frame.the bike will handle this sort of lean angle with out tying itself into knots and youve got an extra bit of safety in an emergency situation. im used to riding a 500bhp lowered turbo busa on the road and this thing had no lean angle. the 950 does it for me , i cruise but just occasionly i like to rip and with this mod im safe doing it.
 

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You can shim the floorboards up but not much. If you unbolt them from the mounting arms you can stack a few small washers between the floorboards and the mounting arms. Like i said you may only gain a few millimeters but might be all you need.
Can you do this with forward controls? I scrape every now and then, not really all that bad and moving the controls forward would be a little more important to me.
 

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aftermarket fork risers

I own a 950 and have this same problem. I HATE IT!!!! I've been looking into a solution rigorously. The mechanic at the Yamaha dealer has gave me a helpful clue. There are 2-4 inch fork risers you can install on the handle bars. This will effectively raise the height of the boards and make it less possible to scrape.

I've been looking into a peg kit because I really just hate these floorboards. They are uncomfortable and vibrate like hell at high speeds. Clearance is an issue, so I have not found a kit yet.
 

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Yo Ghost before you go off on everybody for givin advice, you might want to know what you're talkin about. Fork Risers are between your triple trees and your handlebars and in no way shape or form are gonna impact your floorboard draggin ways. By the way its CAD (Computer Aided Design) Or CAD/CAM (CA-Design and Manufacturing). I guess you could have meant CAD and Drafting, for engineering notations. But if you were an engineer you probably could have figured out your problem on your own. Raggin at people doesn't really inspire them to help.
 

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Fulltilt1 layed er out pretty plain and simple! I might add if you want to ride a crotch rocket, buy a f'in rocket! Folks on this forum will help all they can, not a good thing to tell us how bad our posts are.
 

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Yo Ghost before you go off on everybody for givin advice, you might want to know what you're talkin about. Fork Risers are between your triple trees and your handlebars and in no way shape or form are gonna impact your floorboard draggin ways. By the way its CAD (Computer Aided Design) Or CAD/CAM (CA-Design and Manufacturing). I guess you could have meant CAD and Drafting, for engineering notations. But if you were an engineer you probably could have figured out your problem on your own. Raggin at people doesn't really inspire them to help.
I've seen a really nice Solid works version of this bike out there. Said it before, I occasionally scrap in a corner not enough to worry about it though.
 

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apologies

Well I guess my comments are a bit rude. Sorry everyone. I am kind of a dick sometimes. I ride in southern cali so I get a lot of mountainous terrain and switchbacks and such. Thats probably why I am getting more frustrated with it. Had the bike for a week and already scraped a 1/4 " off the one boards grinder.
 

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Hey Ghost I don't have a 950, so where does it hit the board? (Inboard, outboard, fore or aft) What's your legroom like, if the boards move up will it cramp you? Have you tried any seat of the pants experimentation (wiring the boards up) to see how far up makes you comfortable in the corners? Have you tried using a temp footboard/peg placement on the front frame tubes to see if that ergonomics will work for your riding style/location?
 
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