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My friend's CBR 600rr and the Kawasaki zx-6r I rode this past weekend both have brake and clutch levers that are angled down lower than parrallel. So they're pretty much pointed down toward the ground. I remember meeting a few guys at the local bike shop, and they told me that moving them down was more comfortable and more ergonomic and all that.

When I rode the kawasaki, though, it felt weird. Like I was reaching further to get at the brake and clutch. I'm figuring this is more of a track thing, but can't see how this can be a benefit for anyone unless you have long fingers. Anybody else have their levers angled down?
 

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I havent seen that before. But I guess most of the people I know have short stubby fingers. For the most part, I usually use just two fingers on the levers.
I have heard that some people will slide their levers up the clip on a little bit to get better leverage tho, but thats about it :)
 

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i think i'm going to angle them down this weekend. i've heard it eliminated the fatigue you get in your wrist from always having to reach up with your fingers to grab the clutch/brake. we'll see how it works i guess.
 

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yeah, the stock settings are pretty much parrallel to the ground, so my hand don't get fatigued. But with the angled down levers, it feels like I'm reaching.
 

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Mine are angled WAY down on my bike... but it is a race-bike and the clip-ons have been relocated below the triple-clamp.

That kinda neccesstated the adjustment.

I also adjusted the brake and shift "pedals" down quite a bit on my rear-sets.

Adusting the controls is just personal preference... and the FIRST thing you should do when you get a bike.
 

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ive been thinkin of doing this lately too, mainly cause i have to almost lift my hand up to get over the levers. im sure it would help some to angle them down a little just to make it easier to grab them :cheers
 

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I angle mine so that they are parallel with my arms. I hate having my wrists cocked back to reach the levers, it gets tiring. With the levers tilted down a little bit, it is more of a natural reach, unless you go really crazy, and have them straight down, or something.
 

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I angled my clutch lever down, i couldn't go very far though, the keeper for the adjustment started to hit my clip on bracket, any suggestions? the amount i did move it helped but would like to move it more. kinda got some big hands.
 

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djmodifyd said:
ok, after reading this i want to angle mine down a lil bit.......but how would i go about doing this?

i don't really know where to start.

thanks guys!
i angled my clutch lever down a while ago to reduce wrist fatigue. just take a metric socket and loosen one of the two bolts that hold the clamp on the clip-on and swivel the cluster down. i wasn't able to do anything to the brake caliper b/c it has a plastic bracket connecting the caliper to the master cylinder. :?:
 

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Another good reason to angle down your brake lever is that it helps force you to roll off the throttle

Ever accelerated when your braking?
Then a High lever and a throttle grip based on the palm area between your thumb and forefinger has probably caused this - hold you hand out raise your fingers for the (imaginery) brake what happens to your palm?? Not good me thinks.

Another good habit in this area for two finger breakers is to hold on to the throttle with your pinkies this pretty much forces your throttle towards close when your break and you can pretend you have a samurai sword grip at the same time ,,,
 
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