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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-03-2017, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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Adjust clutch lever closer to grip?

Is there any way to adjust the clutch lever so it sits closer to the grip? I have to basically take my hand off the grip in order to grab the clutch, I'd like to be able to keep three fingers on the grip and use one finger for the clutch but it doesn't reach. Any way to do this? Sorry if this is a dumb question, this is my first bike and I'm trying to make it as comfortable as possible!

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there is no adjustment for that on the stock clutch lever/perch. it would take an aftermarket setup to do that.

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Again, I'm not sure why you need to "remove your hand from the grip" to pull in the clutch. Do you believe you have to keep your fingers wrapped around the grip to begin with? Unless you have small hands or a very thick set of grips I'm not sure why you have to do this.

Most riders I know can easily ride their bike while keeping their two first fingers over the clutch and brake lever. You should be able to pull either lever in this way. If your need to grip the lever with all your fingers, you just put the other fingers over the lever as you pull it in.

I hardly ever wrap my fingers tightly around the grips. You should be able to hold on by simply using your thumb and the palm of your hand. Perhaps you need to adjust your reach to the handlebars, it sounds like something isn't fitting you correctly.

Can you post a photo of your hand on the grip?

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I agree KM.

Can you operate the front brake while holding the throttle? if so, I suspect maybe the clutch lever is bent? they are supposed to be in approximately the same position.

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Cole continues to ask these type of questions as he is a new rider. I believe he is over thinking things. Just needs to ride some more and get better acquainted with the mechanics of motorcycling. Good questions, just sometimes you have to accept things as they are. My son just bought his first bike, 750 Honda Shadow, and already he wants to repaint, new pipes, better seat...Told him just ride it and get comfortable with it in traffic. The bike is in perfect condition and only 6000 miles on the clock.
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Is it possible your handlebars are adjusted in too much of an upright position, i.e. rotated forward too far? This might cause the levers to be lower than the grips, and out of easy reach?
Someone else might know for sure, but I think the button assemblies, including the grips, have a set position on the handlebars and can't be rotated individually.

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Here's my hand on the grip and the clutch...it's reachable but still a slight stretch. Second picture is my front brake reach

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can you show a pic of each lever without your hands?looks like the clutch lever is bent

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You can probably get away with a little more slack on the clutch cable side an that might help a little. If you ever do try and bend these levers have an extra set handy, they are more brittle metal than bendy metal.

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can you show a pic of each lever without your hands?looks like the clutch lever is bent
yea they are made of of breakium

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