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Old 04-18-2015, 07:10 AM   #1
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Loosening levers so they move in a crash offroad?

I've seen a few references to loosening the brake and clutch levers slightly so that when the bike is dumped offroad the lever assembly rotates rather than bends a lever. Is this a common practice? How loose would they need to be to rotate but not be dangerous?
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:37 AM   #2
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Remember to use locktie on the fasteners so the don't loosen even more.

I make mine so I can push the levers up and down, but it takes some force. no just a gentle push.
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:20 AM   #3
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get a good set of brush guards and never worry about levers breaking in a crash
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:22 AM   #4
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^^ditto^^
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:46 AM   #5
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get a good set of brush guards and never worry about levers breaking in a crash
But what about KLR riders???
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:52 AM   #6
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But what about KLR riders???
the three KLR's I ride with managed to put them on. is that unusual?
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Old 04-18-2015, 11:11 AM   #7
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Don't brush guards cost money?
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Old 04-18-2015, 12:04 PM   #8
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Remember to use locktie on the fasteners so the don't loosen even more.

I make mine so I can push the levers up and down, but it takes some force. no just a gentle push.
This, another added bonus is if you run your levers high and are riding hard offroad guarding the clutch or brake and get a little squirly the lever will move instead if jamming your finger.

Hand guards also don't really help when you loop the bike but running your levers and throttle slightly loose does let them move a little and absorb the impact.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:41 PM   #9
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Thanks for the input.
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:33 AM   #10
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Remember to use locktie on the fasteners so the don't loosen even more.

I make mine so I can push the levers up and down, but it takes some force. no just a gentle push.
I do the same thing. This way, I can adjust the angle of the levers on the fly for sitting or standing.
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Old 04-19-2015, 02:44 PM   #11
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get a good set of brush guards and never worry about levers breaking in a crash
wrong.


brash guards doesn't work at all in hard crash - recently witnessed two bikes toppled on concrete and brake lever has snapped with broken brash guard together.

What does work is getting a shorter, sport lever or, like some of my buddies did
undercut the levers a little bit so when bike fall just the very end of the lever will break living the main part usable.

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Old 04-19-2015, 03:33 PM   #12
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Fell off a small berm maybe 1' tall that I didn't notice when I stopped in tall weeds.
0 MPH and landed with a rock inside the guards. Snapped the front brake lever.
Guards don't always save your levers.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:21 PM   #13
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I use a couple of wraps of teflon plumbing tape under the lever perch to allow the assembly to move on the bar easily if its a hard enough impact but not under normal use.
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Old 04-20-2015, 04:16 AM   #14
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Drill a hole mid way in the lever to create a weak spot so when it does break, there will be enough left to get you out.
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:38 AM   #15
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I leave mine somewhat loose and have never broken a lever since starting that practice. I also have bark busters on both bikes, but I have broken a lever with bark busters before. Not to say it can't happen, but it certainly helps. I've crashed and ended up with the levers pointed straight up or straight down on a few occasions. One broke the choke lever (hot start lever for smaller 4 strokes) on the 950, but just spun the clutch up instead of breaking that lever too.
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