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Old 09-27-2012, 10:48 PM   #1
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Question Shorty Levers? - Noob Question

What are shorty levers? What purpose do they hold? And do I need any?

I've been looking this up all day and still can't really find a definite answer. I guess because there are in fact different reasons why to get them. Some people say that they are just 'bling' because you can color match with your bike. Others say there actually is a grip difference to where your hand won't fatigue. And then I even read about how there is a correct way and a wrong way to hold on to your clutch and brake talking about 2 fingers, 3 fingers, full hand grip, etc.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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Shorty levers are just shorter in length. It also takes less effort to engage the clutch or brake. I use only my middle finger for brake and 2 or 3 fingers for the clutch. Sit on a friend's bike with shorty levers and see how you like them before you purchase a set if you do plan to purchase a set. Not everyone prefer's shorties.
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I have shortys now. Plan on going back to regular length levers. They were cool at first but I really don't care for them anymore.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:10 PM   #4
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You're right, people buy them for different reasons. I run a long clutch because I use my whole hand. My brake is a shorty because I only use two fingers to break. They're usually a little easier to pull, but I don't even notice it really. Shorties are also less likely to break in a crash. I probably wouldn't have bought them since I was perfectly happy with OEM, but my brake lever was broken and these didn't cost much more than a single OEM lever.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:12 PM   #5
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shorty levers

Me personally on street bikes i like full length levers, but on dirt bikes i like short levers because i can hold the bars firmly while using clutch or brake, just my 0.02 cents.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:58 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the feedback guys really do appreciate it!
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:06 PM   #7
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Aye.. if I ever break one of my oem's I'd get long aftermarkets.. maybe rizomas
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:00 PM   #8
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Longer levers will give you more leverage , personel opinion for sure .
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I prefer my OEM long levers. I don't know why. I've rode with some shorties and I just feel like they're missin somehow. I brake with 2 fingers and clutch with 1 finger so you would think that shorties make sense, but for me, they don't.

Personal preference I guess.
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I ended up getting some shorties. They are pretty good. Definitely a lot more responsive than the OEM ones. They have two cool options too to where if I don't like it short I can extend it to OEM length if I wanted to so kinda got the best of both worlds on that. And they fold in if I lay my bike down to prevent from breaking. They were are having a special at cycle gear on them (buy clutch lever and get brake lever free and vice versa) so I got both for $140. Thanks guys for all the feedback!
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:26 AM   #11
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Wow, $140 for levers? I guess I'm a cheap sometimes..lol. Mine came with some cheap shorties, but because the bike was a chick's bike before, there was a lot of pink on it, including the adjustment levers for the levers (insert xzibit joke here) and was looking to change those out. Ah, on second thought, might change out the whole lever since the previous owner laid it down and the edge is grinded.

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ha! i just paid 30 bux for shorties on ebay. say what u will but they are great. havent fully fitted them to the bike yet because im waitin on my forks and such but i also have aftermarket ebay levers in regular length. on my TL1000R with hydro clutch, the friction point is about 1 cm. i have much better control over the modulation with 2 fingers, but thats me. brake, is still up in the air but i rode a friends zx6r with shorties and loved it.
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ISn't the whole reason for them to do wheelies and clutch it up with 2 fingers while holding the bar with the other 2 fingers?
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ISn't the whole reason for them to do wheelies and clutch it up with 2 fingers while holding the bar with the other 2 fingers?
more or less a comfort thing IMO
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I'm not a smart guy but how is a shorter lever easier to pull? Doesn't a longer lever give you more leverage?

I like OEM knock offs(like the parts-unlimited brand) because I fall down all the time and would rather replace a $10 lever than a $100 lever. I did just recently buy a pair of fully adjustable folding levers... we will see how that works out.

I dont like shorties because to me they require more effort to pull. The only upside, IMO, to shorties is they are less likely to break if you fall down because they may not even touch the ground.
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I'm not a smart guy but how is a shorter lever easier to pull? Doesn't a longer lever give you more leverage?

I like OEM knock offs(like the parts-unlimited brand) because I fall down all the time and would rather replace a $10 lever than a $100 lever. I did just recently buy a pair of fully adjustable folding levers... we will see how that works out.

I dont like shorties because to me they require more effort to pull. The only upside, IMO, to shorties is they are less likely to break if you fall down because they may not even touch the ground.
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I'm not a smart guy but how is a shorter lever easier to pull? Doesn't a longer lever give you more leverage?

I like OEM knock offs(like the parts-unlimited brand) because I fall down all the time and would rather replace a $10 lever than a $100 lever. I did just recently buy a pair of fully adjustable folding levers... we will see how that works out.

I dont like shorties because to me they require more effort to pull. The only upside, IMO, to shorties is they are less likely to break if you fall down because they may not even touch the ground.
+1 on the leverage aspect, especially with a cable clutch.
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I have shorties on the gixxer, and for now oem on the honda. I prefer the shorties because they are less bulkey, but that is just me.
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