Chomping at the bit!!!!


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Chomping at the bit!!!!

Postby sczinege » Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:20 pm



After along cold winter,and a lot of bike maintenance( started late- too cold in the garage ) I was finally done. Missed a few ridable days, but what the heck, I was ready to roll. Managed to put on about 300 miles, all systems go, ready to enjoy the warmer weather with lots of riding, till, BINGO, a really dumb fluke accident at home! I managed to cut the top side of my left thumb,between the first & second joint, severing the tendon. Within 6 hours I was back home after a plastic surgeon sewed it back together & stitched me up. Prognosis - no work for 7-9 wks., and a splint on my thumb & forearm to keep me from bending & using it. Yup, you guessed it, can't pull the clutch lever in also! That is why, I am " chomping at the bit ".
While I'm thinking about it, are there any after market clutch & brake levers available, the ones that you can position closer in or out, with 4 or 5 settings, that fit the 1500 ? Had a Suzuki Boulevard previously & they were on the bike. Don't know if they were factory or stock, since I bought it used. They were nice. I find that I kinda got to stretch to get a hold of the clutch lever ,even before you know what happened, & it would be nice to get it in a little closer.

Steve


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Re: Chomping at the bit!!!!

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:13 pm

Sorry to hear of your bad luck! I know Kuryakin made adjustable GL1500 levers at one time, I don't know if they still do or not. If not, you might be able to find a set used on eBay or on a parts site.

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Re: Chomping at the bit!!!!

Postby sczinege » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:11 am

Thanks. Checked out three different places. They have them for the 1800, and only standard replacement levers for the 1500. I will keep looking.
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Re: Chomping at the bit!!!!

Postby seelyark1 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:21 am

Will the levers for a Valkarie fit the 1500? Saw a set of them on Ebay this morning. Know just how you feel as I broke ny wrist in my accident. Still hurts to pull the clutch, but I can ride.
Ride safe, and smart. Asphalt is like #1 grit sandpaper. Dave

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Re: Chomping at the bit!!!!

Postby sczinege » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:41 am

Sorry about your wrist. At least you are still riding. I don't know if the Valkrie on would fit. How would I even find out?
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Re: Chomping at the bit!!!!

Postby seelyark1 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:16 pm

I bet someone on here can tell us. There is a lot of knowledge in the members on this site. Keep watching.
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Re: Chomping at the bit!!!!

Postby sczinege » Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:15 am

Ok. Found this on another site. Kuryakyn #7430 is probably the answer. I checked the # in my 2012 Kuryakyn catalogue. " wide style lever sets. Our own exclusive design with reamed brass bushings. These are wider more comfortable chrome levers for '90-'00 GL1500 . This REDUCED REACH DESIGN is also very popular among riders with small hands." #7430 Fits GL 1500 (pr) - $41.99. Thats a 2012 price. If they are still available I am going with those
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Re: Chomping at the bit!!!!

Postby sczinege » Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:15 pm

Thats a good # 7430. Ordered them & will probably have them tomorrow. $54.00 taxes in. As soon as I get them on I'll let you know how satisfied I am with them.
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Re: Chomping at the bit!!!!

Postby sczinege » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:26 pm

Picked up my new levers today. Perfect fit both sides no apparent issues. Look really good & are comfortable. The brake lever is pretty well identical to the stock lever, which is ok because I can still wrap my thumb & forefinger around the throttle, & pull on the brake with the other three & not crush my finger. The clutch lever is pulled back somewhat. A little more would have been better but probably not possible since the lever when pulled in activates the start in gear switch ( if you stall it ) about 1/4 in. before it contacts the grip. So probably is at it's usable limit. In case you are interested, I will give you two measurements so you can determine if this will be enough of an advantage or not. The first measurement is from the outside end of your grips to the far side of the ball at the end of the lever. Brake = 4 5/8" Clutch = 4". Now go to the inside end of the grip where it ends & then come back out 1" to take this measurement. Brake = 1 3/4 " Clutch is 1 1/2". Like I said they look really good are wider than stock & have a nice curved front face. Can't really say how they are since my left hand is in a splint. Going to try to add pictures about the measurements if I can.Sending this first so I don't loose it.
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Re: Chomping at the bit!!!!

Postby sczinege » Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:27 pm

Here are the pics. Hope they are of some use.
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clutch 4"
clutch 4"
brake 4 - 5/8"
brake 4 - 5/8"
brake 1 - 3/4"
brake 1 - 3/4"
clutch 1- 1/2"
clutch 1- 1/2"


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