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Shortened Clutch/Brake Levers?

I was wondering, do they exist?

I generally use the clutch & brake levers with 2 fingers. The problem arises where the clutch lever bangs into my knuckles when I pull it.

I have the clutch cable adjusted so the clutch is disengaged before the level hits my knuckles. My worry is that I am not fully engaging/disengaging the clutch with the lever's newly limited motion and am causing premature clutch wear.

I was thinking that shorter, two-finger levers would be a good solution.

Is a two fingered lever a safety concern? I'd like to hear your thoughts. Also, I'd like to know where I can get some for my bike.

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Take a look at the Pazzo (sp?) levers and similar brands. I am not aware of any safety concerns. I believe there was some sort of group buy or discount thread posted some time ago. Try a search for that thread and you may find some useful information there.
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I found the Pazzo levers thread. They look really nice. They don't have SV650 levers, just SV1000, is there any difference?

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do a search on ebay for "crg levers". These are prety much the same a Pazzo, but the finish is way better. I got mine for 180 shipped, which isn't bad. Here's a pic... They do make shorty's by the way. i just like the longs ones better and I only use 2 fingers as well.
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They do make them....

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Perfect! How hard are they to install?

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alot of the drag racing guys just cut the clutch lever down... cheaper alternative, but those are some really nice looking levers posted above
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Yeah, I was thinking about just cutting mine down and rounding them off. I have a Dremel.

I wish there was a cheaper alternative though, like simple cast levers like the stock ones, just shorter. I'd rather not cut mine off.

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yea, if you dont hack em up, they look relatively stock wen ur done to
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I only use two fingers on the brake and clutch also. I don't care too much to pay that much for the shortend levers tho, although they are really nice levers.
Also, I wouldn't chop off the stock levers.
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Are the aftermarket levers an easy install? It looks like they'd just bolt on. I can't imagine I'd be losing any brake fluid or anything.

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I can get a stock set and cut them myself for about $25 shipped. Why not cut them, round them off and shine them up? I don't think it will affect the structural integrity or anything.

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I've never replaced a set...but I know its not hard... jsut disessmble and re-essemble.




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i changed mine in about five mins, i cant imagine a newer bike takin too much longer
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Are the aftermarket levers an easy install? It looks like they'd just bolt on. I can't imagine I'd be losing any brake fluid or anything.
Piece of cake. One bolt for the break and one bolt on the clutch (if cable clutch) loosen the lock bolt on the clutch cable and loosen the clutch cable adjuster. There is a guide to rotate the lever and slide cable out. Self expletory once you see it.

If you decide to hack it off. It looks better to do both sides.

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Yeah, I'm definitely doing to do both sides.

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just remove the lever and place them on a table vice. You can bend them to your liking. I have a bunch of custom bent levers from crashes...

It will really be hard to adjust for small hands. I'm fortunate to have long fingers and can adjust the stock levers accordingly. One finger braking, but I use 3 fingers for clutching. Damn, I miss having a hydrolic clutch.

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Yeah, I'm definitely doing to do both sides.
I hate the way it looks when people chop the ends off. It looks like you dropped your bike and broke the ends off.
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I fully agree. However, for 1/10 the cost, being on a budget...

I'd be more than happy to drop $200 on levers if you were buying.

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I fully agree. However, for 1/10 the cost, being on a budget...

I'd be more than happy to drop $200 on levers if you were buying.
I won't drop that much down on some small levers.
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