A simple guide, which might be of use for a beginner or someone who isn't happy with the factory levers.
(also, when you drop your bike, you are likely to snap your clutch lever, leaving you pretty much stuffed. So it's not a bad idea to have a spare clutch lever under the seat.
Like a plunger... buy one before you need one).
What's wrong with the levers?
For me, and i don't know if i'm just extra, but they were too long and didn't come close enough to the grips for me. I wear thin racing gloves so don't need a lot of space around the grips. I also like to do two finger or one finger clutch and front braking. I come from an adventure style bike and just got used to always having a good grip on the bars no matter what i was doing.
and these ones are a bit shorter so are more comfy to use
and they fold upwards so are less likely to break when you drop the bike
and they are shiny and orange alright!
What do i need?
You will need
- the levers, I picked the pair up from Aliexpress for Au$30 delivered . They arrived quick and were well packaged.
(I don't make any money from this link, buy from where ever, I'm not your supervisor)
They aren't amazing quality, I suspect that not all the parts that look like they should be stainless really are. Time will tell. But, it would still be a good deal to buy these and replace the nuts and machine screws with high grade stainless.
- An Allen key, its smaller than the one in your toolkit annoyingly.
either some pliers, a spanner or the tube spanner in your toolkit
- I also found a small wood clamp really helpful, you could also get by with some locking pliers or similar.
What do i do?
Pull the clutch in and clamp the cable, or use the wood clamp to clamp the clutch in at the engine housing.
Use the tube spanner to hold the nylon lock nut on the bottom of the clutch lever housing, if required hold the tube spanner with another tool to stop it rotating.
Use the Allen key to remove the pin.
The tube spanner will retain the nut, don't worry about it
Invert the lever and twist it so the cable and pin can pop out,
pop the new lever in
twist it back around the right way
Put the pin back and screw it into the nut still held by the tube spanner.
Technically you should replace the nylon lock nut, but i didn't and i think if you only undo it once it's not going to fail on you. Again, you do you. Technically nylon lock nuts are single use.
Release the clutch clamp and adjust for comfort.
Onto the brake lever
As before, shove the tube spanner underneath, use the Allen key to undo, I found this side much tighter.
Pull the pin out, the lever will come free, put the new lever in and tighten the pin.
I think the pin has a thread in the lower housing of the arm, so i tightened that, then held it still and did up the lock nut with the tube spanner
You may want to add a small dob of grease to the ballpin and socket where the piston meets the lever, i found there was still lots of grease on the pin.