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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Adjusting levers--dumb question

I just got my CB500F back from the shop. They replaced the handlebar, and I noticed that I have to reach a lot farther to get to the front brake or the clutch than I used to. Am I correct assuming that I can adjust that by loosening these nuts? (picture attached)
I just want to double check before I mess with anything.


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No, on the original brake & clutch levers, the bolts will allow some rotation around the handlebar, which might help.
But if the levers are too far to reach, then you might want to replace them with adjustable levers.
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So there are bolts that will let me rotate it back, just not the ones in the picture? It feels like I have to reach forward and down more than I'd like, so rotating it back would be great.


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Just those 2 bolts located on either side of the "UP".
Loosen them the same amount, remembering which you loosened first.
Then retighten, making the first loosened to be the second to tighten.


Bolts are #23 on drawing https://www.partzilla.com/catalog/ho...ylinder-cb500f


The bracket with "UP"is #10


Loosen the bolts and rotate the whole lever/master cylinder assembly.

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Removed my handlebar to install adjustable fork caps, then decided to rotate it forward a bit when I reinstalled it. Yes, the clutch and brake lever feel further away.



There is an alignment dot punched into the Honda handlebar that you align with the (right side) horizontal joint of the handlebar clamp if you want to set the bars in the factory orientation.

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Adjustable levers are the best way to customize the distance you have to reach.

I imagine that adjusting the levers up or down does nothing to the distance your hand has to reach -- more with the angle of your hand and wrist to the throttle as you ride, so if they are down too much, that would manifest itself by causing your throttle to release.
If that's the issue then moving them up will be better for you.

The stock levers on the 2015 CBRs were ginormous, and so was the reach. I had no real issue with them, but changing to the adjustable levers (I had bent the one lever in a down), made the feel and the look much sweeter.

good luck in your moto customizing endeavors ....

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