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Old 04-23-2014, 10:34 PM   #1
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Brake snakes - advice wanted

Who uses them? And if not, why not?
Any good or bad things to note?
Any good/bad points to fitting them to gear-levers too?

I just found out how soft Yamaha levers are!
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:53 PM   #2
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me. both sides mate. made my own with plastic coated wire and some cable crimps. not seriously crash tested em tho. good at keeping brush, sticks and shit out of the levers too. make sure you can get full lever travel after fitting
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:59 PM   #3
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Stopped using them when I bought a KTM - no need because they have quality levers and good design . Prior to that I religiously used them on every Jap bike I owned- I've snapped a couple when bending back brake levers on transalps , but it's possible that I was using the bike outside of it's design paramaters.......
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:26 PM   #4
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I use them on my Huskies and the DRZ, not sure if they do anything as I haven't broken any levers with them on, bit like bark busters, when you don't have them on something will turn to shite.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:22 AM   #5
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Yep, use one on the Tenere rear brake lever.

Before I put it on I bent the farking thing back around the peg three times in 6 rides (once on Bellethorpe red clay ruts and twice in soft sand), Yamaha levers are made of cheese.

Haven't bent it at all since fitting the snake, looks like I wasted money buying a spare lever after all.
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Old 04-24-2014, 02:52 PM   #6
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Brake Snakes

I've got one on my R100GS brake lever. They are only pressed steel, & while relatively protected there (by the cylinder in front) I have seen these bent. Why not fit them. Don't see a downside.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:13 PM   #7
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My KTM, XR Honda, and Yamaha trials bikes all have folding tip levers, I've never bent one yet, touch wood (though I snapped a Yamaha XT550 gear lever off flush with the gearbox once , and a brake snake wouldn't have made any difference). So no, I don't use them.
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:49 PM   #8
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I make my own from old clutch cables and the brass inserts from some power wire joiners

you know the ones with the two grub screws.

if you could see the brake pedal on my 650 Strom you would see they are worth the effort.
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:56 PM   #9
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I make my own from old clutch cables and the brass inserts from some power wire joiners

you know the ones with the two grub screws.

if you could see the brake pedal on my 650 Strom you would see they are worth the effort.
Ditto, or an old throttle cable, or a treadly brake cable, or....

2 grub screws are for earths.
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:24 AM   #10
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Grouse Idea!
I have heaps of busted clutch & throttle cables (WHY?) and a few old Pommie electrical plugs (again, Why?): I can cut them up and save myself the $9 it costs to buy a new brake-snake... Cool - thanx!
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