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Old 02-08-2014, 12:09 PM   #61
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:39 PM   #62
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One on the clutch and 2 on the brake at all times, as a matter of fact I've tried riding without covering my brake and not only it felt really unnatural, I was very choppy on the gas.
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Old 02-08-2014, 04:39 PM   #63
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It's just whatever you prefer , there is no wrong. I only rest one finger on the clutch all the time , but use three to clutch. I don't cover the brake , but I only use one finger to brake , even back when with drum brakes. It feels odd to me with a finger constantly on the brake.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:09 AM   #64
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It's just whatever you prefer , there is no wrong. I only rest one finger on the clutch all the time , but use three to clutch. I don't cover the brake , but I only use one finger to brake , even back when with drum brakes. It feels odd to me with a finger constantly on the brake.

Remind me to:
  • not shake hands with you considering finger strength to get decent braking with drum brakes or
  • not ride in front of you!
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:20 PM   #65
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You guys use your brakes off-road? Speed scrubbers.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:01 PM   #66
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I've been told to keep one finger on the front brake at all times while riding off pavement. Well, easier said than done. My hands just cannot make that happen. I'll look into getting different levers and/or bars, but is it sufficient to keep that finger close and ready instead of resting on the lever? Thanks for your input.
I use two fingers on the brake at all times.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:54 AM   #67
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Do my best to cover the front brake 100% of the time.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:22 AM   #68
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ive always ridden with a finger on each. its a really hard habit to try to bereak
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:43 AM   #69
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When ripping twisties, or in traffic, I'll cover the front brake. Other times, not as much.
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:14 PM   #70
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Same, but TWO, not one, fingers covering brake and clutch ALL the time.
Same, but not all the time. There are three exceptions.
1) If going gets really rough, like on 1ft washboards, you have to hang on the bars.
2) If you must brake NOW on tarmac. Having two fingers between the lever and grip makes it impossible to pull the brake lever all the way down. Brembo monoblock rides no need to apply.
3) After too many hours and days on the saddle, your hands may become sore or even cramp. Time to rest...
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:17 PM   #71
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Same, but not all the time. There are three exceptions.
1) If going gets really rough, like on 1ft washboards, you have to hang on the bars.
Debatable, but generally yes.
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2) If you must brake NOW on tarmac. Having two fingers between the lever and grip makes it impossible to pull the brake lever all the way down.
Brembo monoblock rides no need to apply.
Bleed the brakes or adjust your levers, even with my rather massive track gloves I can stand my 675 (monoblocks) or Speed Triple (axial 4 pots) on their nose. With two fingers, I have a hard time controlling the throttle with all four fingers on the throttle.

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3) After too many hours and days on the saddle, your hands may become sore or even cramp. Time to rest...
That doesn't really matter how you hold the grip, hands worn out is hands worn out.
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:16 PM   #72
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Even when braking isn't the best thing to do.
That's a shortcoming of poor habits. If you shouldn't be braking.. don't use the brakes :)
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:32 AM   #73
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That's why I cut down the clutch and brake levers, so you can use them with two fingers. If you saw them off and bend a little curl into the end about 1/2 inch high they work great.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:59 AM   #74
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That's a shortcoming of poor habits. If you shouldn't be braking.. don't use the brakes :)
So why the fingers on the levers?

Silly idea.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:05 PM   #75
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So why the fingers on the levers?

Silly idea.
To reduce reaction time, not a huge thing at street speeds but a big deal at tracks where you are over a ton the majority of the time.
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