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#1 Mark Fleishman

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:34 PM

I'm not a small guy, but you'd think Yamaha designed the clutch lever for the Incredible Hulk! Even with the adjustment on "5", I can only reach the clutch lever with my fingertips. I'd like to replace them both with aftermarket levers that have a dog-leg bend toward the grips. Is this a major task? My Yamaha service manual doesn't describe the R&R procedure.

Thanks for your help.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:44 PM

I replaced mine with the Pazzos, much better adjustments, I got mine from e-bay for $180.00 shipped
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:47 PM

First: Contact Alex at Mishacycles.com and order a set of Pazzo levers from him. He offers a Forum discount on his already good prices. You won't be sorry. When I first got mine, I thought they were just bling. The are not. They are very comfortable, and I guarantee that a lever change will be one of the first things I ever do to any new bikes. I like them that much.

There are some eBay knock-offs some have used. I think SkooterG has a set, but the anodizing is fading and the quality is not that of Pazzo.

Removing and replacing the levers is crazy easy. Just remove the locking nut from below the lever. Then remove the screw from the top and the lever comes off. They have brass bushings that will need grease, and regardless of OEM or aftermarket, you should take the levers off and re-grease them every year, minimum. Those brass bushings have a tendency to get dirt in them and wear funny.

So, get new levers and install them. It is very easy, and very worth it.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 02:12 PM

Aren't the knock off's from Ebay dirt friggin cheap? It seems to me that it'd be worth it to get them & have them re-finished when the need arises if they are that cheap. Is the functionality of the knock offs good?

$180.00 is a large price to swallow for some folk.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:02 PM

I'm usually reluctant to enter a dog in one of these races, but here goes:

I have a pair of the knock-offs. Bright silver with black adjusters.
Yes, the black on the adjusters has faded, so what, it's not a big deal.
Fit and finish are otherwise excellent and the improvement in feel
and control has made it all worthwhile.
Also, the bling factor is off the chart! :rolleyes:
IIRC, they were less than 40.00, delivered.

If the fact that they're made in China bothers you then by
all means give Alex a call. He deserves your business.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:56 PM

Holy shit...Less than $40?? Maybe I'm the stupid one. Oh well, I did NOT pay $180, but what I did spend, I have spent more on a night out drinking beers.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:20 PM

Knockoffs from Bohemian Racing for $60 a set -- SO talked them down on the phone. Color is not as good as the real thing...but I'll buy another set if I get tired of these. ;)

Only thing to add on lever change out -- Be careful with the clutch lever and make sure the pushrod goes into the brass bushing.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:03 PM

Thanks to all of you for the information. I'm on it!

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:09 PM

George, don't you have to be careful about the greasing the lever pivots and cable ends?

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:57 PM

George, don't you have to be careful about the greasing the lever pivots and cable ends?


Definitely grease the pivots. HRZ hit the nail on the the head with his description above...

Cables, we've got hydraulics Pops! :lol: ;)

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:26 AM


George, don't you have to be careful about the greasing the lever pivots and cable ends?


Definitely grease the pivots. HRZ hit the nail on the the head with his description above...

Cables, we've got hydraulics Pops! :lol: ;)

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:01 AM

I haven't bought any, but kept the bookmark:
Ebay levers for less than $40 delivered
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:17 AM

I have Pazzo and they are completely faded. Anodized aluminum always fades.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:45 PM

I haven't bought any, but kept the bookmark:
Ebay levers for less than $40 delivered


That's where I got mine. Very nice.

Side note: I buy a LOT of merchandise off of places like Ebay, sourced
from Asian manufacturers. Most of it is high quality both in material
and workmanship. I not talking about "Chinese knockoffs" where it's just
a cheaper version of OEM parts, but rather first quality mdse often
from the same supplier as the OEM. OEMs contract to buy "x" amount of
an item but manufacturer has capacity to make exponentially more than
OEM has contracted for, therefore with minor modification mfg can
supply the world market with a similar item for less $ ( no middle man )
Imagine if you could buy tires from someone other than your bike's mfg?
Hey, wait a minute......