One of the hallmarks of a racy looking bike is having foot pegs rear-set from the stock position. The stock position, generally, is placed to work with the widest variety of body sizes and shapes. The rear-sets allow the rider to project more of their upper body forward, biasing more mass over the front wheel. This will make braking and handling sharper and the feedback of the controls more direct. Rear-sets are usually added in combination with lower handlebars such as clubman type, clip-ons, or drag bars depending on the fitment and level of over all modification of the bike. Another advantage to the racer boy pegs is that the further you lift your heels and lean forward, the more solid and svelte your butt looks, always a natural imperative for mating.
The traditional Moto Guzzi Tonti frame has just a few options to make alternate pegs of a racy-racy nature. These fall into three camps: OEM, Aftermarket, and custom/homemade.
As far as stock Guzzi goes, the peg brackets for the Lemans I are the most adaptable because they allow for the fitment of stock levers and linkage that is very high quality. The stock parts also have the added value of being very durable, as they are made of steel tube or of thick cast aluminum. The aftermarket has had a few offerings over the years, most notably; Tarrozzi, Raask, and Agostini, all of which are rare and expensive.
The odd thing in approaching these tasty bits of unobtainium is they are almost all made out of light cast alloy and are very prone to breaking off. Breakage means leaving you on the side of a road unable to shift or brake safely (although I’ve always managed to cobble something together.) If you are hoping to make homemade pegs, having a welder or machinist would be very helpful. I would highly recommend making mockups out of cardboard and wood. Remember, they don’t have to be pretty, but it is best to get the fit and control linkage geometry sorted out first….cardboard is easier to cut than steel.
I generally like to go my own direction on these tough to sort out bits. I will be making a conglomeration of stock, aftermarket and custom fabricated. This will surely cost me far more than just procuring something ready made and new, but that’s not where the fun is!
More to come as they come together.