"...As the DRS13 (precursor to the DRS33/43) began to emerge, over the course of 9 months of devel-opment, the excitement and energy around the project grew...every day, it seemed. What we were seeing was that not only was the system functionally excellent, it was also becoming very beautiful... "
Totally redesigned from its predecessor, the DRS3, the all new DRS33 and DRS43 are solid, billet aluminum rearsets made for Ducati Monster models. They make up one-half of a total Monster rips. The system has been created to provide complete adjustability, outstanding strength and rigidity, and distinctive looks which integrate seamlessly with the Monster design. Used alone or together with the Cycle Cat BR series multi-adjustable bar mounting system, the DRS33/43 provides a range of footpeg and lever adjustment limited only by the motorcycle itself. For most, its adjustment potential greatly exceeds what will ever be needed.
As with all Cycle Cat rearset systems, the design and machining has been undertaken thoroughly and with great attention to detail and to very tight tolerances, resulting in a shifting and braking system which is extraordinarily smooth. This new kit incorporates Cycle Cat's proprietary dual spline lever adjustment system, pictured at right and below, right, which keeps brake and shift linkage geometries fixed, in their stock position, while providing a broad range of lever position adjustment.
The new DRS33 and DRS43 are designed to accommodate a wide range of aftermarket high-mounted exhaust systems. To do so, they relocate the rear brake master cylinder to a position on the lower engine block, as it is located on the Ducati superbikes and ST models. This relocation keeps the master cylinder away from the exhaust, and incorporates Cycle Cat's double splined lever adjustment system, so that at any point in the full range of lever position adjustment, it is never necessary to change the brake linkage.
Both the DRS33 and DRS43 include Cycle Cat's innovative new reversible billet heel guards, designed to provide a full range of protection throughout the extraordinary range of possible footpeg positions.
Critical stock parts are reused, shift and brake geometry remains as stock, and nothing additional remains to purchased, customized, or modified by the user. Even the stock brake light switch bolts right up. Nothing's been compromised, nothing ignored.
But perhaps the most exciting dimension of this new system is the range of adjustment possible. Click below for all the details.
A Note on Passenger Footpegs: Passenger footpegs are not available with the DRS33 or DRS43 kits.
DRS-33/43 Range of Adjustment
To the left is a graphic representation of the range of adjustment possible with the DRS-33 and DRS-43, compared to stock settings. The background image is the stock rearset. The white circle highlights the stock position of the footpeg.
Each colored dot represents a possible position of the DRS-33/43 footpeg. There are 108 pos-sible locations for the footpeg, all quickly and easily achieved.
While every footpeg position indicated can be used, and there is clearance for positioning of the peg in every case, at the extremes, the positioning can be less practical due to obstruc-tions to the foot or adjustment of the levers. Thus, the dots are color-coded to represent the practicality of use of the various footpeg posi-tions.
The green dots are easily used peg positions. The yellow should be useable but may not be, in all cases, for all riders. The red dots are likely to be difficult, though not impossible, to employ.
DRS-33/43 Design Intent
As indicated, the footpeg can be raised a maximum of 3.93", lowered a maximum of 1.93", moved backward a maximum of 1.81", or forward a maximum of 1.13", from the stock footpeg position.
The DRS-33 and DRS-43 systems are designed to fine tune the footpeg and control positions for optimal handling and performance on Ducati Monsters. These motorcycles are, as stock, relatively unaggressive with respect to rider positioning, meaning rider posture is normally relatively upright, and weight distribution shifted rearward. As rider position becomes even more unaggressive, handling begins to suffer. On the contrary, as rider position is made more aggressive, Monsters' handling may be found to improve significantly.
Thus, we designed the DRS-33 and DRS-43 to provide a range of adjustment weighted toward the more aggressive settings. The geometry of the system provides a 67:33 up:down adjustment ratio. With such a design, there remains considerable adjustment potential toward the more open, less aggressive settings.
Ultimately, it was our objective with the DRS-33/43 to create a versatile means for dialing-in the fit of the foot position and controls, to accommodate any style of riding desired, and to take advantage of every inch of adjustment practical. The DRS-13 and the DRS-23 meet and exceed our objectives, and, we believe, succeed in providing virtually any rider with an incomparable, easily-achieved, personalized riding position, for any kind of ride.
The relocation of the rear brake master cylinder ...itself involved a small work of art. The solid billet adapter, pictured above left, which relocates the master cylinder to the superbike position, provides for a quick and easy installation. It also allows for "as stock" utilization of the brake light switch. All assembled, the result is a smooth, precise, durable, and consistent braking system.
Its all about details... careful, proper design, tight tolerances, fine machining, and the highest quality standards are evident everywhere, even on the closest inspection. But it's not done for bragging rights. It's done for performance...long life and smooth operation. And its born of a basic intolerance for anything less.
The DRS33 and DRS43 are designed for bikes modified from stock with high-mounted exhaust. They work equally well with low-pipe configurations, but because of the additional cost of the master cylinder relocation kit included with the DRS33 and DRS43, owners of low-pipe bikes might prefer the DRS13 or DRS23 models.
1. Due to the location of high-mount exhaust pipes, and their proximity to a passenger's legs, The DRS33 and 43 do not provide for the mounting of passenger pegs.
2. Ducati Performance carbon fibre belly pans will cause an interference with the brake light switch mechanism on both the DRS33 and DRS43. This interference is easily remedied. Click here for more info.