I went looking for after market pegs soon after buying the bike. I wound up with Fastway pegs because that’s what was available. They are much better than the stock pegs. About a year later I heard of both Powerpegz and Pivotpegz. Both pivot, the difference that one had a return spring and the other didn’t. I prefer the no return spring version and went looking. Couldn’t find any at that time. That was OK. The Fastway pegs were doing the job.
It didn’t look like I was going to change pegs as Powerpegz, for whatever reason, stopped making or selling pegs and Pivotpegz still include a centering spring. Fast forward to Aug 2008. Someone on AdvRider.com posts a message stating that an ebay seller was unloading a bunch of Powerpegz for a reasonable buy-it-now-including-shipping price. I ordered a set.
This is what arrived. The second pictures shows the opened package. Minimal installation instructions were on the back. The package included new cotter pins for the pivot pin; the R12GS uses an E-clip. The instructions did not mention that the bushings can be reversed to lower the pegs.
First thing I did was remove one of the pivot pins from the bike and make sure that it fit the new pegs. No problems. I removed the pin from the left side which meant I also had to remove the shift lever to make room to slide the pin out of the frame.
I used some brass tubing (scrap from the junk pile) to support the pegs while tapping the bushing with a pin-punch to remove it from the peg. It did not take much force to get the job done. I then installed the bushing on the other side of the peg by tapping on it with the hammer. The net result is to lower the peg by about 1/2 inch, the length of the shoulder on the bushing.
Left peg installed (note spring position: only one of the springs will fit), full forward pivot, and full rear pivot.
I installed the right peg, the gear-shift lever on the left, and the got on the bike to see how the new pegs feel. I think I’m going to find these quite comfortable. I cleaned the Fastway pegs and put them away. Once I’ve some miles on the new pegs and I’m sure I like them I’ll put the old pegs up for sale. [Update: they were sold.]