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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Shorty vs Regular Levers

I want the black Triumph adjustables but cant decide on the length. Love the look of the shorties and if the bike takes a tumble they are less likely to break. However, I always think back to riding school where I was chastised for not using all 4 fingers when braking and using the clutch. In a hard braking/emergency situation I think having that long lever you can get your whole hand on would be beneficial. Not to mention in traffic not being able to use 4 fingers on the clutch would be extra tiring.

What did you guys do for those who upgraded and why?


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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 01:25 PM
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First off, riding school is full of generic advice. On some bikes with a weaker rider you might need a full fist to bring the bike to a stop. A sport bike might only take one finger to get the back tire in the air.

Length is purely subjective. Yes the shorties are less prone to breaking. I have been riding a set of short levers for a few years and I can say that it has never bothered me with either the clutch in traffic or having enough leverage to stop.

I might go with a long brake lever next time just to allow more hand positioning options on the track.

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However, I always think back to riding school where I was chastised for not using all 4 fingers when braking and using the clutch.
You can prove for yourself just how silly this is. Go for a quick ride. Use the brakes and clutch as you usually do.

Now, pay attention to just how much pressure you're exerting with your little fingers.

Is the answer "none"? I thought so.

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I had shorty levers on my previous bike for two years. They made riding more enjoyable since they had an easier pull and were more ergonomic. Even in heavy traffic like NYC and summer time beach traffic I never had an issue.

When I ordered them I thought the same as you did, that I would miss the extra length to get my hand around. But the clutch side was very comfortable for me to get three fingers around. And the brake lever I never needed more than two or three fingers, but could get my whole hand around if I needed to.
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Me - shorty levers, use two fingers; no problems. You can still get the rear wheel off the ground when doing a maximum braking exercise.
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I like 2 finger braking and so a short brake lever is fine, however years ago a broke my left wrist and shredded the nerves in my left hand, now all but one of my fingers won't work independently and I need a long handle. Ideally for me I would have a short brake and long clutch. For most modern bikes 2 fingers is all you need, or IMO, use for the front brake.

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I have mine set up with a shorty brake lever and std length clutch lever. Usually only use two fingers on the break but could easily use all four if needed, which it isn't. If you need more than two fingers to brake this bike you probably should check your rotors/pads/fluid for issues.

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I took the shorty levers off the used '09 ST3R I bought for one reason alone; I prefer the finer control that regular length levers offer.
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i bought levers with adjustable length and adjustable position, found out real fast i like em short and close, but you need to take a lot of caution and planning when setting them close

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My very first mod to my '10 StripleR was to replace the OEM levers with shorty Pazzo racing levers (black w/gold adjusters). Debated going short brake/long clutch, but have never looked back from my shorties. You never use your pinkies anyway, and the Pazzo's fit 3 fingers, but I usually end up using 2. Quick and easy install too. Very nicely made hardware.
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