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Old 8th October 2018, 02:00 PM
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My bike is too wide for the side alley at the house. Is it possible to get a shorter clutch & brake lever? The insurance company won't allow me to shorten them myself. I have to get them done properly. Any ideas? Thanks.
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Old 8th October 2018, 02:02 PM
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No idea what it has to do with the insurance company, or why they'd even know about it but...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_f...evers&_sacat=0
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Old 8th October 2018, 02:11 PM
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And how will that make the bike any narrower? If you want to make it narrower you will have to get narrower bars??
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Old 8th October 2018, 04:18 PM
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cause you twist the bars left to right to get her in but the levers stick out and scrape off the wall, done the same on a bike before
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Old 8th October 2018, 05:25 PM
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Convert it to a cafe racer - put clip-on bars on it and they'll be narrow enough to fit. It'll look like shit and you'll have lads with beards and plaid shirts following you home but at least it'll go in your shed...

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Old 8th October 2018, 06:50 PM
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Default Re: Changing brake & clutch levers

Originally Posted by Fazerama
My bike is too wide for the side alley at the house. Is it possible to get a shorter clutch & brake lever? The insurance company won't allow me to shorten them myself. I have to get them done properly. Any ideas? Thanks.
Yeah you can buy shorter levers. I imagine they'll only take a few centimetres off the original though. Go onto www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk and put in your make/model of bike and see what levers they have. Go for ASV or Pazzo or something of decent quality. Those cheap Chinese ebay ones are shite and will snap clean off if you drop the bike. Good levers will bend on impact.

Simple to change as well, just pay attention to where your brake and clutch switches are when installing.
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Old 8th October 2018, 07:55 PM
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Just undo the bolts on the bars and slide them across
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Old 8th October 2018, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by bandido
Go for ASV or Pazzo or something of decent quality. Those cheap Chinese ebay ones are shite and will snap clean off if you drop the bike. Good levers will bend on impact..
Depends on what part of China ...
Done a mint of research on these, biggest saving is the cost of manufacture.
'Competitively priced' levers are generally extruded, sliced from the long extrusion and then machined finished and the workers are paid feck all.
The dearer ones are cnc'd directly from a solid block on Canadian wages.
Solid meaning ..Hard, as to the inside.. the billet comes from China anyways .. Maybe not lately though

If there is a grain in metal, I'd go with the extruded ones any day.

Have been getting these for years and never had any issues.
No they bloody don't break, unless they get a hop that will brake any type.
I've never got any confirmation from anyone that the cheaper ones have failed except when installed incorrectly where the piston is partially pushed in and pressure builds up causing lock. - fitting error.

Get these, had heaps of them on various bikes. never had an issue.
(SV1000, CBR1000, S1000rr, 748, SP1)
Your call.
These used to be 'Cheap Hong Kong' @ about 12 + Free postage.
it seems the site is now updated with less spelling errors.. less evidence of location...
https://www.the2wheels.com/pages/pro...fz1-fazer-1000
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Old 9th October 2018, 07:04 AM
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Without wanting to state the obvious, have you tried coming at the entrance at an angle and leaning the bike slightly over/turning handlebars at the same time to get the bike in. Routinely got an 1150 gs in my back garden who's handlebars were a full 6 inches wider than the entrance.
Unless you have a goldwing or a harley it can be done with a bit of practice.
Different levers wont make that much of a difference.
Have used the cheapo chinese ones on various bikes over the years and found them fine. Cannot justify spending over 100 euro on levers just to have a fancy brand name. If you drop the bike and they do snap I think the brake and clutch levers will be the least of your worries...
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Old 9th October 2018, 08:12 AM
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If you're not on a rush, go for the chinese shortys, they're absolutely legit.

I've got this on my MT09 and they're perfect, great built quality and the adjuster works like a charm:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Surely the same seller will have ones for your bike, which I wouldn't be surprised if they're pretty much the same.


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Old 9th October 2018, 09:52 AM
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+1 for the chinese shorty levers
I also had a similar problem at my old house years ago and had to cut 1" off each side of the bars to get the bike in the back yard
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Old 9th October 2018, 05:24 PM
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Easy fix and you dont need to touch the bike...Mark along the wall where the bars hit the wall, either side or just one side....run an angel grinder down the length of the wall/s and chisel or SDS out the groove/s....make sure you wear the appropriate safety goggles gloves and hi-viz vest....and cone off the area too..dont want the dog getting crap in his eyes.....

Fuk me ..is this the world we live in now....
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Old 9th October 2018, 05:40 PM
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Down with that sort of thing. Bring the levers to me and I'll fit them for you and sign a note for your insurance for just €500
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Old 9th October 2018, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by acdc View Post
cause you twist the knob left to right to get her in but the balls stick out and scrape off the thighs, done the same on a lad before
FTFY there Ted.....
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Old 9th October 2018, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Jack stowage View Post
Easy fix and you dont need to touch the bike...Mark along the wall where the bars hit the wall, either side or just one side....run an angel grinder down the length of the wall/s and chisel or SDS out the groove/s....make sure you wear the appropriate safety goggles gloves and hi-viz vest....and cone off the area too..dont want the dog getting crap in his eyes.....

Fuk me ..is this the world we live in now....
and then he'll be wondering why the house starts getting damp inside lol
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Old 10th October 2018, 12:01 AM
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FTFY there Ted.....
yup, one should keep the anabolic steroids and the viagra in separate clearly marked containers.
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Old 10th October 2018, 08:05 AM
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FTFY there Ted.....

ya sick heur
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Old 10th October 2018, 01:36 PM
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Chinese levers all the way!
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Old 10th October 2018, 07:52 PM
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Chinese levers all the way!
there the only thing I would buy from china off ebay these days, savage value the normal sized, fordable and adjustable for around 12 euro incl delivery cant be beat, ive pazzorracing levers on the busa and had AsV on the k6 and the only difference are the branded levers have the ball and snap joint at the end like the oem levers, which is a health and safety thing I think so they will break off and not impale you in the event of an accident
99.9% of cheap, nicely advertised, 14week delivery window of other Chinese shit I would not ever bother again but the levers yeps defo

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Ive always wondered what is000 the difference , surely it has000 to be more than a name, can anyone weigh in on this, a lad on the suzuki forum said, 15e or 160e

They may make your brakes lock up while riding, and cause a crash. They do so any of three ways.

Most common, the guide hole where the master cylinder plunger sits is too shallow. This holds the brakes on ever so slightly constantly. This causes the brake fluid temps to rise, and the pads to over heat, to the point everything swells and locks up.

Another way they do it is some of them either dont have a pivot bushing at all, or the pivot bushing hole is the wrong size. The hole where the pivot bolt goes galls up over time, and the lever begins to stick, causing the same issue as above

And thirdly, they use crappy billet alluminum. No, Not all billet is the same quality. Often their has voids and flaws in it, or it is not even billet at all but rather a cheap casting. These cheap materials often break or crack at the pivot, and can cause the lever to fall off completely during normal use, or jam and lock up the brakes. Sometimes they break at the adjuster, sometimes in the middle

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Old 11th October 2018, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by acdc View Post
there the only thing I would buy from china off ebay these days, savage value the normal sized, fordable and adjustable for around 12 euro incl delivery cant be beat, ive pazzorracing levers on the busa and had AsV on the k6 and the only difference are the branded levers have the ball and snap joint at the end like the oem levers, which is a health and safety thing I think so they will break off and not impale you in the event of an accident
99.9% of cheap, nicely advertised, 14week delivery window of other Chinese shit I would not ever bother again but the levers yeps defo

edit,
Ive always wondered what is000 the difference , surely it has000 to be more than a name, can anyone weigh in on this, a lad on the suzuki forum said, 15e or 160e

They may make your brakes lock up while riding, and cause a crash. They do so any of three ways.

Most common, the guide hole where the master cylinder plunger sits is too shallow. This holds the brakes on ever so slightly constantly. This causes the brake fluid temps to rise, and the pads to over heat, to the point everything swells and locks up.

Another way they do it is some of them either dont have a pivot bushing at all, or the pivot bushing hole is the wrong size. The hole where the pivot bolt goes galls up over time, and the lever begins to stick, causing the same issue as above

And thirdly, they use crappy billet alluminum. No, Not all billet is the same quality. Often their has voids and flaws in it, or it is not even billet at all but rather a cheap casting. These cheap materials often break or crack at the pivot, and can cause the lever to fall off completely during normal use, or jam and lock up the brakes. Sometimes they break at the adjuster, sometimes in the middle
Reading that is like those Alien programmes on the telly..."What if, imagine if, supposing, could"....
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