I had a standard lever breaking on a stupid fall from standing still that left me with no usable front brake.
Folding levers (Chinese) any day since then.
I guess I'll go China for the 790 too if the quality is decent.
I'll cheap out on anything not safety related - sticker kits, rear seat cowls, even bar end mirrors but NEVER on anything that has a chance of failure that can result in a crash. Nothing fluid holding and nothing to do with the bikes controls.
A buddy bought MSV Chinese levers from AliExpress 3 months ago and it ate his clutch cable in under 2 months of riding (brand new Yamaha MT-10) and then there's this from Brian Van at STG:
Thanks for the link, that's interesting.
I bought aftermarket levers and i did notice a looser tolerance but not large enough to worry me.
I was careful to ensure there was enough lube around (and mentioned it in the how to) The ktm levers are a very simple design, i can't think why you'd need a bearing on the angle cam, are people adjusting their lever for each bend!?
Problem with those levers could have been the nipple housing depth. Had the same thing with my KLX dirt bike. Clutch cable broke after a few months. Bought new cable, found that when fitting the cable run was not central and was slightly rubbing on the yoke. Fixed by grinding a fraction off the nipple to ensure the nipple sat well down in the cavity and the cable was central.
I had the brake lever disintegrating when dropping the old bike from standing still: folding any day.
There is no guarantee that the ball will break away and save the rest of the lever and I'd rather go back home if I can at all.
So - I've been looking about a bit and "stumbled" across PUIG levers. Not the cheapest but also not stoopid expensive. Difference is you buy the model specific adapter bits and then the lever style you like - And a plus for me - The colour you like. All Black in my case. The advantage being you just change the lever bit (which is universal) if you drop it.
Just recently had an incident where my bike got hit ant knocked over in a parking lot. Didn't find out until eight hours later, so the chances of finding the guy are slim. That got me to thinking that I need an alarm.
I know that lo-jack stopped making their model for motorcycles...
I am possibly looking to pick up a KTM PP Ergo seat but want to get some feedback.
I am 5'9" tall, 175 lb, and about 30" inseam. I can flatfoot the bike now but am very 50/50 on the stock seat (lack of padding and it tilts me in to the tank).
I am a huge fan of Sargent seats but they do not...
I would like to change my battery with a smaller and lighter one. As far as I understand for that purpose, the battery it must be Lithium-Iron. For me it will be an extra bonus the fact that - I'll have a little more space under the seat. So I can install my gps tracker with antenna...