Nebraska metalworker invents motorcycle stirrups

Publish Date: 
Jan 2, 2014

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. - Riders often think of their bikes as iron horses. Devin Santana just couldn’t shake the parallel after giving up a horse to move his business from a rural area to a more urban setting. That led to his invention of motorcycle stirrups and new company, Motorcycle Stirrups Inc.

"I saw my foot on the peg going down the highway and the idea came to me,” he told the Nebraska City News-Press. “People called Harley-Davidson motorcycles hogs for some reason, I've never understood it, but that's not what they are. They're iron horses, the songwriter says they're steel horses."

Santana said the stirrups also help riders avoid fatigue from keeping their feet on pegs on long rides. With the stirrup, he said, the foot has more support and the rider can stretch out.

"I've been tying steel since I was 16, it's all I have ever known, but I have also been riding motorcycles since I was 16," said the owner of Nebraska City Iron Works, which erects steel rebar for the concrete construction industry.

He took his motorcycle and stirrups to Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson in Omaha. They are now on the shelves at the store.

Posted by Holly Wagner