Monday, 24 March 2014

Rearsets and Customizing how you sit on a bike

Stock Ninja on me
Unlike cars, a motorbike has a set position for all riders.  Can you imagine a car that had a seat without adjustment?  That's what sitting on a bike is like.  When one doesn't fit you make adjustments, unfortunately most of those adjustments are aftermarket choices.  If something doesn't fit, you customize.  This is yet another way bikes are different from cars.  Can you imagine if all car drivers had to customize their own vehicles?  There would be far fewer traffic jams...

Modified Ninja on me

If I make some minor adjustments to the rearsets (foot pegs and the frames they attach to) on my Ninja I can reduce my forward lean by almost half, relax my knee angle and make the bike a custom fit for me.  The other advantage of custom rearsets is that they allow you to focus the bike.  Instead of the stock 2-up rider/passenger rearsets, many are simplified, single rider kits that allow for adjustable footpegs that suit the rider's dimensions.

Modifying your rider position is a next level move in riding.  Don't be satisfied or dismiss a bike that feels a little out of sorts.  With some minor upgrades you can set your foot pegs and controls just where you want them.