There’s one aspect of our Suzuki KingQuad 500 AXi press bike that has caused some disagreement among the test riding staff at All-Terrain Vehicle magazine… the foot pegs.
Suzuki uses what looks like an MX style foot peg with a floorboard wrapped around it for protection. The serrated steel pegs protrude out of the floorboards with deep wells fore and aft of them. When riding, your feet pretty much remain planted on those protruding pegs and don’t move.
Many of our riders prefer a level floorboard with aggressive boot traction serrations sticking up so feet are relatively free to find their position during ascent or descent of steep grades and various other gnarly riding conditions.
Those who don’t like the Suzuki style footrests claim they feel like their feet are teetering on the foot peg raised about 2-inches above the floorboard.
There are pretty strong arguments in favor of this setup, too. Because of the excellent natural fore-aft balance of the KingQuad chassis, riders can get excellent traction and leverage within the limited range of movement this setup offers.
Plus, there’s no question the floorboards do their part to protect from stumps, sticks and trail debris that may jump up at speed and do damage.
The jury’s out, but about half of our riders agree re-thinking this one aspect of the KingQuad would put an already excellent ATV into the stratosphere.
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