Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Re: ***WARNING*** Kuryakyn levers
Well, it’s been two weeks and still no word from Kuryakyn. I hope this means that they are seriously looking into the problem, but it could also mean that their lawyers have advised them to not acknowledge the problem for liability reasons. Which is to say, they may well intend to ignore it and just hope it goes away. I guess we’ll see. In the meanwhile, I hope that everyone is passing the word, and those of you with Kuryakyn levers are giving them a hard look. A slow speed dump is one thing, a higher speed accident or one in heavy traffic could well be a different thing entirely.
I strongly recommend that if you have these levers (and I certainly like mine, after modifying them) you take the brake lever off and take a look at how far the master cylinder piston is depressed when you put it back on. You can see this quite easily, just pull out the bolt that the lever pivots on and hold the lever in place with the part that rests on the master cylinder snug against it but not depressing it, and the tab that prevents the lever from pivoting outward also snug. The hole in the lever should be slightly offset in an outward direction parallel to the handlebar, indicating slight spring tension from the master cylinder with the bolt in place. If the master cylinder is holding the lever too far outward, then when the bolt is re-installed the master cylinder will be depressed by the amount of the offset, which in my case was roughly a millimeter or so before I filed it down — and enough to prevent the pressure from bleeding after the brake was used. If you do find an excessive offset, a little work with a file on the nipple that depresses the master cylinder can quickly fix it.
If I hear anything from Kuryakyn I’ll post it here.