The other day I thought I'd go on a relaxed ride on a somewhat windy road in Canberra - the one going past the yacht club, for those who know it. I wanted to practice my leaning into a turn and downshifting, both things I was taught a few weekends ago at the Stay Upright advanced I course. I came to a tightening left hand corner (I knew it tightened, you can see quite well) at what I thought was a brisk but reasonable speed. I leaned into the corner, started turning... and the pegs scraped. At this point I panicked - since I knew that the corner tightens, I thought there is no way I can make this turn if they're scraping already... I straightened up, braked hard, locked up for a split second and basically almost came to a complete stop as I hit the leaves and dirt on the other side of the road and slid off. No damage to anything (bike, clothes or me). This is the corner: htt p://maps.google. com.au/?ie=UTF8&ll=-35.297067,149.107507&spn=0.001666,0.002414&t=h&z=19 I can't post URL's yet - the corner is the first sharp left turn east of the Alexandrina Drive and Hopetoun Cct intersection. I have a few questions now... Firstly, the bike I ride is an XV750 Virago (cruiser). I regularly scrape the pegs on it doing turns which to me don't seem particularly tight, and every time it scares the bejesus out of me, basically because I don't know how much more 'leeway' i have in the bending of the peg, before it can bend 'no mo' and the bike digs in, then throws me off. So what usually happens is i have a moment of panic and straighten up to a greater or lesser degree, then move on... how can I tell exactly how much leeway there is there? it seems to me that the pegs start scraping at unexpectedly low angles of lean... It's mostly because of this regular scraping (and scaring) that I think cruisers aren't for me. I thought they were when i first bought the bike (my first bike, clearly) but now I'm thinking i'd like something with more ground clearance (is this the right term? i want to be able to lean more without the pegs scraping). is this actually a very significant difference between cruisers and bikes like say an xjr1300 (or vfr 800, kawasaki versys...), or am i in for some disappointment? Where can i see the difference between lean angle capability in different styles of bikes? What about the 'peg scraping angle' and the 'dig into road angle'? In all the riding I do, I think I have a reasonable grip on most things, but it is a complete mystery to me just how safe it is to scrape a peg, and how much lower you can go before it's 'too low'... so i panick and straighten up.