Which clutch lever should I buy?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by merrittgene, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. merrittgene

    merrittgene Adventurer

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    I have a 2001 BMW F650GS that the previous owner put a Yamaha fork on, and an aftermarket bar. My clutch lever is busted, but I don't know what bike the clutch lever/perch came from. The assembly that is currently installed has the mirror stem doubling as the lever pivot bolt, and I'm not happy about that. Plus, there's no clutch safety switch.

    So, the easiest thing to do is to replace the entire assembly...but what should I choose?

    Should I put a BMW clutch lever assembly on, just to make it somewhat consistent?

    Is there another model/brand/etc. that would be really easy to get parts for, like if I drop the bike three times on the Highland route and still need to ride home on Sunday?

    Thanks in advance for suggestions!
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  2. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    You could take the clutch lever itself into any decent MC shop and the can match up the shape and cable end size.

    If you are dead set on using a clutch safety switch, then again, yopu can go to a bike salvadge and find a bike that has the switched clutch perch and lever you need.

    The key to a clutch is in the length from the pivot bolt to the cable end hole. That needs to be the same or VERY close to actuate the clutch properly. If it is too short it will not fully disengage the clutch, and if it is too far away it can make the pull too hard for your bikes clutch springs. The other consideration is the ball end diameter and length so that it seats in the lever properly.

    Not to critisize at all, but why is it that you need the clutch safety switch?
    None of my dual sports have ever had one nor has any MX bike I have had. I guess I have always known to check for nuetral before letting out the clutch, and even when I think it is in neutral, I let the clutch out slowly to feel that it IS in neutral before letting it idle, I so not even trust the neutral light on a bikes dash.

    Just a thought, and if you feel the need for one, by all means add it.
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  3. gsweave

    gsweave Yinz, blinkers are on, since 05

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    pART # 8 IS WHAT YOU NEED BUT, DIAMETER OF REPLACEMENT BARS MAY NOT BE COMPATable. $50.00

    Mirror still mounts to this collar
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