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Old 05-25-2018, 06:48 PM   #1
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Default Looking for front brake lever.

Put my bike up on the rear stand today to wash it.
Walked away to find something to listen to on my iPhone.
Heard something creaking, looked over, and the fricking stand broke!
Allowing my pristine bike to hit the ground.
A weld gave way on the stand.
I am so pissed.
Luckily the only damage was a bent front brake lever and a few small scratches.
Could have been much worse.
Did I say I am pissed?

So does anyone have an OEM front brake lever they would part with?
Or, has anyone had any luck with aftermarket levers?
If so, which brand?
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Old 05-27-2018, 04:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: Looking for front brake lever.

That stinks, but luckily the levers took the damage are are probably the cheapest thing to replace. I've had a few aftermarket levers over the years, but ultimately went back to the simple functionality of the stock levers.
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Old 05-27-2018, 07:34 AM   #3
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That stinks, but luckily the levers took the damage are are probably the cheapest thing to replace. I've had a few aftermarket levers over the years, but ultimately went back to the simple functionality of the stock levers.
Yep. I have looked at the aftermarket levers, but didn't find any I liked.
I just ordered a new one from my local shop.

It just really pisses me off. I am super diligent about the upkeep and maintenance of my bikes. They are always well maintained and clean.
Havent laid one down since my early twenties.
I'm careful and alert while riding.
And to have this happen because of a stupid stand.

It broke the front lever, scratched the rear wheel, scratched the swingarm, and dinged up the bar end.

The stand I had was not the type you use with spools, I have always been afraid of drilling the swingarm.
It had these ro0und metal protrusions that fit underneath the swingarm.
What happened was one of these protrusions had a weld that gave way,
allowing the bike to fall over on the right side.

I was standing right beside it when it happened, grabbed the bike, was unable to stop it.
Hurt my shoulder in the process. I had a torn rotator cuff on that shoulder repaired years ago, looks like I have hurt it again.

The stand was tangled up in the rear wheel and swingarm. I couldn't lift the bike until I removed it.
Wound up having to cut the stand apart.

I know it could have been worse. But it sure did hurt my feelings.

What tops it off was I had just picked up the bike from the shop from having the carbs cleaned, synced, and adjusted.
I was thinking on the way home how it had never ran this good, even when new.
The thought popped in to my head, "Now that I have this sorted out, something else will go wrong".
And it did.
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:47 AM   #4
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Default Re: Looking for front brake lever.

Darrell, sorry to hear about your bike/shoulder.

T-Rex makes brackets that fit on the swingarm w/ spools attached, if you were interested. No drilling required, it looks like.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/T-Rex-Racin...MAAOSw5ZBWFnqr

How much did the carb work cost you? I'm looking to get mine done in the near future, mostly for peace of mind.

I'm w/ Sundog btw, went back to the stock levers. I think I just like that they're simple, solid.
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Old 05-29-2018, 12:51 PM   #5
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Darrell, sorry to hear about your bike/shoulder.

T-Rex makes brackets that fit on the swingarm w/ spools attached, if you were interested. No drilling required, it looks like.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/T-Rex-Racin...MAAOSw5ZBWFnqr

How much did the carb work cost you? I'm looking to get mine done in the near future, mostly for peace of mind.

I'm w/ Sundog btw, went back to the stock levers. I think I just like that they're simple, solid.
The total cost was $420.00.
That includes clans no the carbs, synchronizing, and adjusting them. Plus I had new plugs put in..
Expensive yes, but worth it in my opinion. It really does run better than new.
I have had the bike since I bought it new in 2010 and other than oil, filters, tires and such this is the first real problem I have had.

I would love to know how to adjust valves, clean carbs, and more technical things like that.
I can do a lot, I have even read and watched videos about more technical things.
I think it is mostly that I know it's my own bike, and if I screw up it'll cost me more in the end.
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Old 06-02-2018, 09:35 PM   #6
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Default Re: Looking for front brake lever.

Sorry to hear about your mishap, glad that you and the bike are both mostly OK.

Good luck getting back on the road soon!
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Old 06-10-2018, 09:44 AM   #7
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Default Re: Looking for front brake lever.

Sorry to hear that this happened.

I have some pitbull stands which are super well made, however I have had issues with the bike sliding forward on the rear stand. This could potentially torque the stand sideways, causing issues. I've realized that if I tie down the front brake, it stays in place.

This has also made me contemplated drilling holes for spools, but don't want to compromise the swingarm.
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