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why shorty levers?

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?

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post #2 of 18 Old 04-06-2011, 02:50 PM
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boog when we hooking up.. short levers look cool..i like the long stock levers myself

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If you drop your bike the lever can't Fk up the master cylinder and
is probably to short to get driven into the tank.
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...cause some of us got short fingers! just kidding. I like mine cause it is easier to grab with 2 fingers on a shorty than the regular size...

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I typically only use 2 fingers so the rest of them just get in the way



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+1.......I don't use all my fingers on the brake or clutch.....the others stay on the grip.


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Then you get into the short/long combo for people like me that use every finger available on the clutch but only two fingers on the brake.


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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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I typically only use 2 fingers so the rest of them just get in the way
Two finger rule...



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...cause some of us got short fingers! just kidding. I like mine cause it is easier to grab with 2 fingers on a shorty than the regular size...

thats what she said. lol

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A trick I've used on my past bikes is:

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.)

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2 fingers on the clutch and one finger on the front brake.

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How many fingers do you use? Is that what you are asking?

Brake 2 - My thumb and index finger are around the throttle, middle and ring fingers do the braking. Pinky is just for show!

Clutch - recently I'd ordered fancy-pants levers - and go shorty brake, regular clutch but then found I only 2 finger the clutch 80% of the time too - so I've ordered a shorty clutch too.

Basically personal preference.

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"You will need all fingers once in a while" said my instructor a while ago.

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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.

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post #16 of 18 Old 04-07-2011, 12:02 PM
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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.

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"You will need all fingers once in a while" said my instructor a while ago.
My twin brother rides the same way I do. He recently took the motorcycle safety course and the instructors had to keep telling him to use all of his fingers instead of just one to brake.

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post #17 of 18 Old 04-07-2011, 04:06 PM
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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..

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post #18 of 18 Old 04-07-2011, 07:48 PM
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I'm a fan of full size levers, have full size hands after all.

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