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Old 03-08-2013, 09:59 AM   #1
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Brake lever options?

I was going to buy some spares before heading out to Death Valley. Looks like a front break lever is $80?



Am I just looking for the wrong part, or is that the deal? Anything affordable that can be used as an alternative to OEM? I got some randome Yamaha clutch lever to work on my F650 Dakar. Is there something like that for the F800GS? I didn't see anything linked in the links sticky.

If there isn't a cheap option, I'll probably keep my OEM as a spare and get some Pazzos or something like that. I really don't like the look of the Wunderlich levers. Has anyone fit ASV levers? There's also about a million options for Pazzo knock offs from Hong Kong. Those won't be here in time, but for $40 seems worth a try, has anyone gone there?
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:14 AM   #2
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Wicked also...

Another thought on this... anyone that has broken the OEM brake lever, where does it tend to snap? Are you left with a usable stump, or is it unusable? I'm considering putting a groove in the end of my OEM lever to encourage it to snap with enough lever left to be usable. Anyone tried this or similar madness?
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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Get some hand guards and then don't worry about it. A good set of hand guards will prevent most any breakage. I have a set of pazzos that are great.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:10 AM   #4
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Get some hand guards and then don't worry about it. A good set of hand guards will prevent most any breakage.
+1. There are aftermarket options for shorty levers, but they are well over $100 each last I checked.

I ended up buying the Vario levers for bling and comfort. But if the stock levers work for you just toss some barkbusters on and call it day.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:19 PM   #5
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I have Barkbusters, but I can wreck shop in ways most people only imagine. I got itchy and ordered $38 knock-off Pazzo levers from HK. We'll see if they get here before I roll for Death Valley on 3/22. Regardless, I'll report back on their quality just to help spread the love. I love Pazzo levers as much like the next guy, but saving $100 buys a lot of road snacks.

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Old 03-09-2013, 05:07 AM   #6
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ixab:

Let us know what you think of them on arrival!
I'd like to go shorty if possible (well possible without breaking the bank)...

We have a thread on the knockoffs over here,
but no conclusion really got reached:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=770166
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:44 AM   #7
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eBay. There are some Chinese ones that fit and fold at $60 (or so) a pair. You just pick the color of your choice and replace. Keep the stock ones as the spares.
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:25 AM   #8
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I was going to buy some spares before heading out to Death Valley.
Me too. Going out for the noob ride and I was looking into spare levers for the same reasons. The only problem with going with the Chinese knockoffs now is that I don't think I will get them in time. I have TT handguards though so I think I would have to get pretty creative to break a lever.

I sold my sportster yesterday so since I couldn't find any inexpensive alternatives for the brake lever and the shift lever I bit the bullet and bought the TT ones.

Yeah I am the cheap bastard that has a case of PBR bungied to his expensive BMW motorcycle.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:49 AM   #9
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You could just buy hand guards..... if you off road at all it just makes sense
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:50 PM   #10
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Yeah, read above everyone... I have Barkbusters, I ordered knockoffs from China, and there's no $20 Moose lever for my bike :)

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