What Are Motorcycle Rearsets?

Rearsets are motorcycle add-on components that offer riders greater stability and comfort on the open road. Consisting of bolts and mounting plates, rearsets allow riders to position their legs more comfortably with a range of adjustment options. Though originally designed as footpeg-augmentation devices for racers, rearsets have since become popular among general biking enthusiasts.


Advantages of Rearsets

  • Balance. Rearsets provide a more balanced seating base on motorcycles. As such, rearsets give you a more comfortable set of options when it comes to positioning your feet and legs while riding your bike.

    Depending on your height and body measurements, you might adjust your motorcycle foot position in a way that makes balancing easier as you take to the open roads. Ultimately, this gives you a more stable base while riding — one that relies on your lower extremities for balance. This, in turn, allows you to ease up on your hands and arms. Furthermore, this enables the front end to perform as it was originally intended.

    • Comfort. In terms of comfort, sportbike rearsets allow for an overall greater experience while riding a motorcycle. For one thing, your body undergoes less strain while on the bike, because a rearset provides a more even, reliable base of support. Therefore, rides don't involve awkward stretches of the legs or overexertion of the arms or hands — not to mention bad back posture — on bikes equipped with rearsets.
    • Ground clearance. While stability and comfort remain the two most important aspects of motorcycle rearsets, another benefit comes in the form of ground clearance. Simply put, rearsets allow for better ride height, which gives the bike more leaning room during each ride.
    • Improved grip. With rearsets, the grip of the pegs is considerably improved over what typically comes with a standard motorcycle. A lot of this comes down to the better options that are available on the aftermarket, where pegs can be found with an overall enhanced grip, which allows you to get a stronger hold on the bike with your lower body.

    • Stylish appearance. Though it's just a matter of opinion, a lot of motorcyclists would argue that pegs add style to bikes. Some bikers would even go so far as to say that pegs make the difference between mundane, average bikes, and the kind that true riders take on the road.


    Look For Adjustable Rearsets

    The most important reasons to put rearsets on a bike are comfort and stability. That said, the steps involved in the application of rearsets involve a few twists and turns, all of which begs the question: how do you go about applying the base?

    When riding a bike, the lower half of the body serves as the anchor. Specifically, the legs, knees and feet are the primary points of balance. In order to make this work, however, the pegs that accompany your rearsets must be positioned in a way that will allow your lower body to assume the right position. Therefore, the pegs should be placed before the balls of your feet. This allows your toes to wrap over the pegs, and for your thighs and knees to tuck into the tank.

    If you're a taller individual, the pegs should be placed to allow your legs to position as far back and as low as possible. This way, the knees can be under the tank with the calves slightly elevated and the thighs locked into position, all of which makes for a strong anchor point to the bike. While it might take a bit of practice to master this position, it can ultimately make the riding experience more grounded and secure.

    An important thing to keep in mind here is the gear lever, the position of which needs to be considered in relation to the peg. Therefore, the angle at which both are placed in relation to one another should be examined in advance of applying rearsets, so that all the parts can facilitate the best sportbike cornering foot position.

    Rearsets are made with specific bikes in mind, so the type of rearsets you choose will ultimately depend on the make and model of your motorcycle. If you ride a Ducati/MV Agusta, the best range of rearsets available on today's market can be found among the inventory at the Design Corse online store.


    How to Apply Your New Rearset

    When you apply rearsets to a motorcycle, what you're basically doing is giving the bike a facelift. Out go the mundane, ordinary pieces, and in come a classier set of cast-iron pegs, levers and rods. Essentially, rearsets add style and visual appeal to a motorcycle. Nonetheless, it takes a bit of effort to get them on properly. In other words, the application of rearsets requires a handful of tools and a free afternoon.

    In order to fit rearsets to your motorcycle, you will need the following tools:

    • Rear paddock stand
    • 8-17mm socket set
    • 8-19mm combination spanners
    • Phillips and regular screwdrivers
    • 4-10mm Allen keys
    • Small adjustable wrench
    • Thread-locker
    • Light grease
    • Tape measure

    Virtually anyone with basic handyman skills can get the hang of proper placement, though it does take a bit of patience at first. As long as you can follow instructions and have a good grip on the materials, the task should be completed within a reasonable amount of time. Typical mistakes among first-time fitters is leaving threads stripped or cross-threading components. The key when you do this the first time is to not rush things and to keep track of where each part belongs.


    1. Before you take the older set of footpegs off the bike, take note of their position on the overall frame. For the most accurate idea of where these points should be, use a tape measure to write down the distances between the footpegs and the neighboring components. This, in turn, will make it easier to fit the rearset onto the bike.

    At this stage in the task, you might find that certain things had always needed adjusting. For example, the stock pegs might have been just as high as you'd need them to be, but they could have been moved back further. This is the sort of problem that adjustable rearsets are designed to solve

    2. Begin with the fitting at the selector side of the gear. If a new rod is included, take off the original rod before going any further. At this point in the task, things can be done more easily if you first take off the gear selector’s knuckle joint. At the location of the knuckle-joint split, look to see if the shaft is dot marked. If not, mark the spot with a pen. This will make it easier to tell how to reapply it properly.

    1. Unscrew the bolt that retains the knuckle joints, and then take out the pair of locknuts that bookend the shift rod. Take out the bolt of the knuckle joint, remove it from the splined shaft and also from the shift rod. Separate the shift rod and gear lever.
    1. At this point, you can take off the footrest hanger. The next part could be tricky if the mounting fasteners are locked into their position. For the best possible leverage, you'll likely need either a ratchet extension or tube to fit over the ratchet.
    1. Apply the new hangar in its rightful place. If bolts are included in the set, apply thread lock. On older bolts, glue could already be in place and therefore sufficient for the steps at hand. Use the tape measure to determine which of the footpeg holes are most aligned to the original marking points. Depending on your own needs as a rider, you might wish to place the new pegs slightly above, below or in front of the old ones.
    1. The next step is determined by whether or not the footpeg is held in its spot with the aid of a rear bolt. If the mounting bolt does apply, tighten the bolt while holding the footpeg in place with a small adjustable wrench. If the new footpeg and gear lever apply straight onto each other, apply grease before putting them together. However, if the rearset contain roller bearings, grease is unnecessary.
    1. Place the shift rod of the new set onto the gear lever. Make sure the thread is entirely consumed. Link the older knuckle joint and the new rod, once again with full use of the thread, but hold off on tightening the nuts. Reattach the knuckle joint and shift shaft. If the position of the gear lever is too askew, turn the knuckle joint so that the lever can be brought into its proper place.
    1. Move the shift rod into its right position and fasten the lock nuts. Make sure that the retaining bolt of the knuckle joint is secure. Also, make sure the movement of the lever is not obstructed.
    1. Removal on the brake side is somewhat different, since it requires you to take out the clevis pin that fastens the lever and threaded bar. If the master cylinder and hangar are joined together, remove the former first.
    1. Reapply the master cylinder, footrest hanger and clevis pin to one another. To adjust, loosen the locknuts and swivel the threaded bar, then refasten the locknuts once the desired adjustments are made.


    What Are Rearsets Like on the Road?

    When it comes to motorcycles, one thing that should never be undervalued is the importance of an optimal rearset, which give riders the ability to position comfortably and ride with the utmost balance and control while heading along boulevards, highways and race tracks.

    When you have a rearset that's fitted to your full satisfaction, it allows you to ride continuously without the risk of exhaustion. If you're into racing, a rearset enables your feet and legs to assume the best possible position, which is crucial when driving at high speeds. Design Corse sells unique rearsets that look distinctive and stylish on MV Agusta and Ducati motorcycles. Our partnerships with the industry's leading manufacturers of aftermarket products have allowed us to offer the best rearsets for MV Agusta and Ducati models.


    Rearsets for the Perfect MV Agusta Foot Position

    At Design Corse, we stock multiple choices of rearsets that are made to suit riders of varying levels, from weekend riders to professional racers. When you look through our online catalog pages, you get detailed info on each type of rearset, as well as pictures and prices. With rearsets suited for a vast range of MV Agusta models, you're sure to find a rearset that will most fulfill your needs as a rider. Whether you're looking for something bright and flashy or subdued and complementary to the body of your motorcycle, there's a rearset in our inventory that's waiting to be a part of your bike.

    With our extensive background in MV Agusta products, we are fully aware of the individualism that defines each rider of Italian motorcycles. The suppliers we work with have created rearset concepts for a wide range of models from the two manufacturers. When it comes to upgrading your bike with one of our rearsets, no risks are involved in the process. All you need to do is choose a rearset for the model of your bike and remove the preexisting rearset. Out with the old, in with the new!

    A lot of the rearsets we carry can be adjusted to suit a variety of positional preferences on bikes. Your height, for example, could be a determining factor in the kind of position that you would find most comfortable. In order to make our rearsets as high-performance as possible, we use low-density materials that offer power and durability with only minimal weight and bulk. This way, even the most intense racer can ride hard and fast with little weight added to the bike as a whole.


    Rearsets for the Finest Ducati Foot Position

    If pro racers agree on one thing, it's the notion that rearsets are the most vital factor when it comes to comfort. Here at Design Corse, you too can choose the perfect rearset in just a few simple clicks. To get started, set up a Design Corse account, and then look around at the upgrades we have available for Ducati motorcycles. With customers all around the world, we ship rearsets everywhere.

    Once you have your rearsets, the person who installs them is up to you. If you feel the inclination, you could do the honors. If not, you could simply hire your local motorcycle handyman. In the time it might take to read some magazine article in the lobby of a mechanic’s shop, your motorcycle could be ready to ride! Once you feel the difference of riding with the comfort that rearsets provide for your legs, knees and feet, there's no going back. Your motorcycle will stand out from all the others with a professional, state-of-the-art appearance, the likes of which will be envied near and far.

    In order to take your riding to the next level of style and performance, click over to the Design Corse catalog pages and find the perfect rearset for your MV Agusta or Ducati motorcycle.


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