I just went out for my first ride on my 919. (I LOVE IT) and was wondering why do alot of ppl buy the shorty levers? just plain lazy? less fatigue on hands?
Short front brake lever allows me to cover the front brake with two fingers while curling the other two around the throttle, thereby maintaining positive control of same (quicker response time and less fumbling in stop-and-go traffic). I have a shorty brake lever only; a full length clutch lever requires less effort to hold fully engaged (in traffic congestion, it makes a difference in hand fatigue).
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Move the levers as far *in* as possible, to have my hands pulling on the mid->end part of the lever. Using the end of the lever gives you more leverage.
Also, don't tighten the bolts that hold your controls as tight as you might... leave them just tight enough. The idea is if you were to ever drop the bike, your levers would rotate on the bars instead of snapping. (That's the theory.)
I don't understand the shorty lever thing either. I only use 2 fingers but they are the last two. ie pinky and ring finger. Since I use those on the end of my regular levers I can't see reaching the short levers like that.
It's crazy that there are so many different styles out there! I've always used one finger to brake, but it's the pointer finger when I'm riding dirt bikes and mountain bikes, and the middle finger on street bikes... I couldn't tell you why.
I use most of my fingers on the clutch lever though.
That, and looks were my reason for buying a regular clutch lever and shorty brake lever.
boog ill hunt you down lol...have no problem using 1 ..2...3..or five fingers with long levers...with longer levers you can get a wide grip on the bars,using just the end of the levers'''...like clutch cable with a lot of play making a very short reach..