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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-13-2019, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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So..I dropped the bike

I managed to drop my bike right at a busy intersection when it stalled while I was leaning slightly and pulling out. I caught with leg, but the weight of the lean was too much for my leg to correct (thank you God for damning me with my short inseam ). It was a slow motion light drop, but it still managed to snap my brake lever off as if it was cheap plastic! All I had left was a little knub to pull on to use my front brake. Is it normal for metal levers to snap so easily? I expected it to bend maybe, but not break off so cleanly. My exhaust shield also got dimpled and scratched a bit. So irritating since the bike has all of 70 miles on it!

Anyway, where is the best place to get the OEM lever and is it easy to switch out, basically the one nut right by the lever adjustment wheel?


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Bad luck. Iíve nearly dropped my bike twice at low speed. At 602Ē I managed to haul it back upright without it hitting the ground. But it was a struggle.

How about a nice set of ebay shorty adjustable levers? One of the best mods Iíve done.


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Bad luck. Iíve nearly dropped my bike twice at low speed. At 602Ē I managed to haul it back upright without it hitting the ground. But it was a struggle.

How about a nice set of ebay shorty adjustable levers? One of the best mods Iíve done.


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I did look there and saw inexpensive levers, but the description made it sound like they donít just bolt up and require modification. Is this true? What was involved installing your lever? The cheapest OEM lever Iíve found was $64!! So crazy when the clutch lever is only $16.

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I bought these came as a set and there was no modification needed very easy and simple install and they look and work great for me.


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Mine are very similar to Riseís levers except mine are titanium coloured. Iíve had them 3 years and they are as good as new. No modification required and feel much better than the stock ones.







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Many videos on Youtube how to instal, but as youíre taking off the old lever youíll just reverse the process. Itís easy. 5 min job tops. The clutch is a bit harder but still easy.


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I managed to drop my bike right at a busy intersection when it stalled while I was leaning slightly and pulling out. I caught with leg, but the weight of the lean was too much for my leg to correct (thank you God for damning me with my short inseam ).

You basically recounted my incident from about a year ago. My brake lever didn't break, but it did bend. I replaced it with a Vortex shorty lever (pictured), along with a new crankcase cover (damaged cover pictured). By some miracle, my fairing was untouched.
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You basically recounted my incident from about a year ago. My brake lever didn't break, but it did bend. I replaced it with a Vortex shorty lever (pictured), along with a new crankcase cover (damaged cover pictured). By some miracle, my fairing was untouched.
Thanks for telling me your story. Now I dont feel so stupid. I was extremely lucky that there was no body/engine/front fender damage. I’m sure I looked completely ridiculous using all the strength I had to push up the bike by the seat, then lean over the seat to put the kickstand down so I could allow the bike to settle on that. It’s more difficult for me to throw my left leg over and with the downward slope of the road to the right, I was afraid I’d fall right back down with the bike. I just hope I get more used to the top heaviness and that I didn’t make a mistake getting this type of bike. I’m beginning to wonder if I should have bought the CTX700 DCT. It’s heavier but the lower flat seat gave me much better command of the bike.

I went ahead and ordered some short levers off of Amazon that are blue like the bike. So thanks for all the insight guys!

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Thanks for telling me your story. Now I dont feel so stupid.
When it comes to dropping bikes, there are two types of riders: those who have, and those who will.


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Don't worry so much about dropping it everyone does at some point, you will get used to the weight and how it handles. I remember i almost dropped it at an intersection same scenario like you except mine was the cbr250r much lighter yet it felt so heavy at the time XD tho i did not drop it there i did in my garage while trying to put the rear stand on, man did i feel stupid lol
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