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Offline angry puppy

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Aftermarket levers
« on: September 03, 2012, 07:47:24 pm »
I went to Cycle Gear today to check out their Speedmetal levers. But, alas, they did not have any that fit the C14.  ???
What have any of you guys found that work as good alternative to the stockers?

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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2012, 07:49:26 pm »
I went with Pazzo levers. Not cheap (actually they're pricey), but I really like them. Great feel and very adjustable.




OK, here's a picture of my Pazzo front brake lever on my old C14. (since folks are adding pictures)  ;D

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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2012, 07:51:04 pm »
Pazzo's here too...  :great:




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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2012, 08:08:37 pm »
Me three with the Pazzo's.

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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2012, 09:15:35 pm »
Another bike with Pazzo's...
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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2012, 10:21:58 pm »
Hmmm? Kinda sensing a trend here.  :great:
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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2012, 10:50:59 pm »
Gotta wonder.  Do they really make a difference?

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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2012, 12:01:21 am »
Gotta wonder.  Do they really make a difference?

Yes they do. The dog leg bend gives better leverage than the stock levers. I have the Pazzo shorties and "only"  issue I have is using the clutch when I'm trying to open the garage door with my Flash2Pass. But that's only a minor nit...
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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2012, 12:10:16 am »
I concur, they make a difference.  They took me a minute to get used to as I have pretty big paws, but I feel the clutch better and am just a lot more confident in where I am in the friction.

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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2012, 01:12:05 am »
Gotta wonder.  Do they really make a difference?

Yes.  :great:
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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2012, 01:28:57 am »
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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2012, 01:54:47 am »
Stock works just fine :))

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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2012, 10:54:57 am »
I wear XL gloves and I have to admit, I don't think I'd like the Pazzo levers if you hands were much wider.

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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2012, 11:40:30 am »
I have big hands too. Had Pazzo's on my ZX14, and they worked great. But I don't think it makes enough difference to spend that money unless you've got money to burn.
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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2012, 12:40:22 pm »
I have Xxl gloves too. I guess they are for the daintier fist.

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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2012, 02:03:34 pm »
XXL here too. I like to be able to position my levers where I like in relation to the bars. It is very important in my world to get the correct engagement for my clutch for starts and for smooth shifting. With the master cylinder being non adjustable compared to a cable system, that adjustment is left up to the lever. And my brake lever is happiest when it is near the bar is my preference. The quality aftermarket levers are also stronger and way trick er looking than oem...
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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2012, 04:15:23 pm »
I went with some $40 levers from Taiwan that I bought off ebay. Works just like the Pazzos at a fraction of the price.
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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2012, 04:19:49 pm »
I went with some $40 levers from Taiwan that I bought off ebay. Works just like the Pazzos at a fraction of the price.

I have the same ones on my 06, and they work very well. With these on your C-14 how was the fit?

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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2012, 08:51:45 pm »
I too bought a pair of the cheapies. The fit was bad, the angle of the lever was off when installed. They went in the trash can. Live and learn....
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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #19 on: September 04, 2012, 09:02:39 pm »
What's the advantage of the shorter lever length?  I see they have long sets, short sets, and mixtures of each.  I think I tend to use my full left hand for the clutch but often only two fingers for the brake.  Is that the idea behind the differing lengths?


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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #20 on: September 04, 2012, 09:32:59 pm »
What's the advantage of the shorter lever length?  I see they have long sets, short sets, and mixtures of each.  I think I tend to use my full left hand for the clutch but often only two fingers for the brake.  Is that the idea behind the differing lengths?


Yes. I had both full length on the C14 and was fine with them. But on the newer bike I have a long on the clutch and short for the front brake. And they seem to work well like that too. I think I actually prefer the short brake lever.

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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2012, 01:35:12 am »
I wear XXL gloves and use the Pazzo shorties. They are great. No issues. Have them on all of our bikes.

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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #22 on: September 05, 2012, 11:34:10 am »
Why would you want aftermarket levers? Other than color what would I be gaining over stock ones?
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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #23 on: September 05, 2012, 11:38:00 am »
Why would you want aftermarket levers? Other than color what would I be gaining over stock ones?

Unless you get cheap imitation junk, aftermarket levers  such as Pazzo and CRG have true "roller bearings" which is why so many report the huge difference over stock.  Also they are shaped better for the hand whether you go long or short.  And lastly they are notched for the race track, if you go down only the end of the lever should break off and you (hopefully) can pick the bike up and keep on racing vs the whole brake or clutch assembly being mangled and broke off the bike..
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Re: Aftermarket levers
« Reply #24 on: September 05, 2012, 02:13:33 pm »
Why would you want aftermarket levers? Other than color what would I be gaining over stock ones?

Unless you get cheap imitation junk, aftermarket levers  such as Pazzo and CRG have true "roller bearings" which is why so many report the huge difference over stock.  Also they are shaped better for the hand whether you go long or short.  And lastly they are notched for the race track, if you go down only the end of the lever should break off and you (hopefully) can pick the bike up and keep on racing vs the whole brake or clutch assembly being mangled and broke off the bike..

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