I've always liked the look of the smaller more streamlined clutch and brake levers I've seen on race bikes, but I've been hesitant to purchase these things because other than looks, I was not sure what benefit they would bring to me as a street rider. After all, looks aren't everything and I can't afford to spend money on things for my bike that don't bring function along with finish.
I've been hearing about CRG and Pazzo levers for the past year or so, both on-line and when out cruising the local shops. I was interested in the Pazzo levers as they were much cheaper then CRG and I thought looked nicer. I picked up these levers from Mike at CTSMoto, who if you remember did my custom cut rear rotors. I was very pleased to find that Mike offered much more affordable prices and even offered group buys for many of the forums I frequent. Although I was never really bothered by the length of my stock levers, I decided to give the shorties a try as I was curious as to how they felt on the bike. As usual, Mike had these things to my door in a few days and I was ready to see what all the fuss was about.
Wow! What an incredible difference. I really can't explain it, but I fell in love with these things the minute I started down the road. I wasn't sure if I would like the feel of the shorty levers, but I felt much improvement in clutch and break feel from the get go and I can't believe how I ever got along without them. The shorty levers seem to give me the extra room around the bars that the larger cumbersome stock levers never did. I was a little worried about how the reduced surface of the shorties would affect my braking and shifting, but there is plenty of room to get the force needed for all aspects of shifting and braking.
Although most newer bikes come stock with adjustable levers, my older '98 did not. These Pazzo levers have a 6-way adjusters that allow you to change the distance from the lever to the grips. It really does make a difference and it was easy to dial in the perfect fit. I never had a problem with the stock unadjustable levers, but I truly think that it is the distance adjustability that gives me such a great feeling.
Another cool thing about these levers is that you can mix and match the colors of the levers and adjusters. CRG does not offer such an option and you are forced to setting for a red adjuster for all applications. Sure, this may not seem like much but what a wonderful idea which allows you to add a little extra customization to your bike. I chose the black levers with the silver adjusters and with all the color combinations available you'll have an easy time getting what you want for your bike.
Prices have become more competitive between CRG and Pazzo levers, but you can find Pazzo levers for much less than MSRP. Fresno Motorsports (http://www.fresnomotorsports.com) offers them at a reduced price and they are very fast at processing and shipping orders. I definitely encourage everyone to try these things out. I don't know how I ever managed without them and they will be the first addition to my next bike.
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