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    Longer brake and clutch levers
    on: December 04, 2022, 08:42:42 am
    December 04, 2022, 08:42:42 am
    Does anyone know of a Gen4 lever manufacturer that markets longer levers?
    I don't know if it's just me, but I feel they are a bit short.

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    Re: Longer brake and clutch levers
    Reply #1 on: December 04, 2022, 09:06:30 am
    December 04, 2022, 09:06:30 am
    This is something I’m keeping an eye on but I’m looking for shorter ones. Not found anything yet.

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    Re: Longer brake and clutch levers
    Reply #2 on: December 04, 2022, 09:47:46 am
    December 04, 2022, 09:47:46 am
    Strangely it’s generally shorter levers that appear - if it’s a question of reach quite a few companies do cranked levers
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    Re: Longer brake and clutch levers
    Reply #3 on: December 04, 2022, 06:45:44 pm
    December 04, 2022, 06:45:44 pm
    Agree longer levers would nice, I can only get three fingers on mine and I don't have particularly large hands.

    Really like the engagement adjusters though, wouldn't want to give those up.

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    Re: Longer brake and clutch levers
    Reply #4 on: December 04, 2022, 10:22:24 pm
    December 04, 2022, 10:22:24 pm
     It seen the gen 4 levers, but I guess they listened to customers and made the levers different to improve feel?

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    Re: Longer brake and clutch levers
    Reply #5 on: December 04, 2022, 10:40:47 pm
    December 04, 2022, 10:40:47 pm
    I love this Gen4 bike, but it is curious how manufacturers like BMW or KTM use to equip quite long levers. In my opinion as a former user of both brands, the long BMW levers provide a good dose of comfort and feeling.
    What is shocking is to have a wide handlebar, wide grips... and a medium length levers... For the brake control I use 2 fingers... for the clutch I will have to get used to using 2 instead of 3  :033: !

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    Re: Longer brake and clutch levers
    Reply #6 on: December 05, 2022, 02:51:07 am
    December 05, 2022, 02:51:07 am
    I'm also using three fingers on the stock medium levers, and looking for good quality 2-finger shorty levers.
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    Re: Longer brake and clutch levers
    Reply #7 on: December 10, 2022, 03:20:18 am
    December 10, 2022, 03:20:18 am
    What is purpose of longer levers? Generally schools advise best technique is to use fewer fingers (1-2 front brake, 2 on clutch)
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    Re: Longer brake and clutch levers
    Reply #8 on: December 11, 2022, 12:15:23 am
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    What is purpose of longer levers? Generally schools advise best technique is to use fewer fingers (1-2 front brake, 2 on clutch)

    Was wondering the same thing myself. I have even cut the end balls off my dirt bike to make them a little shorter

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    Re: Longer brake and clutch levers
    Reply #9 on: December 11, 2022, 10:39:55 am
    December 11, 2022, 10:39:55 am
    The reasons for longer levers are 1) when you REALLY need to exert maximum braking force its best to have room for all your fingers, and 2) its simple physics that a longer lever gives more powerful leverage = more braking force.
    With a shorter lever you're using fewer fingers so have a weaker grip, AND less mechanical leverage so potentially maximum braking is compromised.
    Of course this only is relevant in extreme braking situations which many riders will never encounter but that manufacturers still have to take into account.

    As for cutting balls off levers.....I think in a lot of competition classes ball end levers were made compulsory after decades of stab wounds being one the commonest injuries requiring the attention of on-course paramedics. And I think in UK & EU all bikes (road  & off-road) made after a certain year are required to have them.

     



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