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I'm finding with the RT, as well as being designed for taller riders, ya need quite large hands to be able to grab the front brake lever properly.
Even in position 1, where the lever is closest to the hand grip, I find that I would prefer to have it closer for more gripping power in the event of an emergency stop being required.
I dont really want to attempt bending it closer for fear of breaking it.
Is there any aftermarket lever that I could get so it would be closer to the hand grip, or any suggestions please?
 

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corrcullen said:
I'm finding with the RT, as well as being designed for taller riders, ya need quite large hands to be able to grab the front brake lever properly.
Even in position 1, where the lever is closest to the hand grip, I find that I would prefer to have it closer for more gripping power in the event of an emergency stop being required.
I dont really want to attempt bending it closer for fear of breaking it.
Is there any aftermarket lever that I could get so it would be closer to the hand grip, or any suggestions please?
Ian - I've seen these advertised but never actually touched one, so I don't know how adjustable they really are. The link is to the US supplier but I think Wunderlich is a German company, so you may be able to pick them up better on your side of the pond.

On another note - in years past with cable-actuated controls I always carried an extra clutch lever under the concept that if I dump the bike and break that lever, I'm screwed from driving away. But at $120 for BMW's I'm willing to take the chance it doesn't happen. If anyone knows of a cheap, generic "get home" thing that will work in BMW's clutch I'd also appreciate a referral.

Thanks.

JayJay
 

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I have a 2008 RT and you can adjust the reach of the brake and clutch levers. There are 4 positions for the brake and 3 for the clutch lever.
 

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I have a 2008 RT and you can adjust the reach of the brake and clutch levers. There are 4 positions for the brake and 3 for the clutch lever.
Yeah I have it in the nearest position.
I'm thinking now that the problem is not the distance of the brake lever from the hand grip, its actually the distance my fingers are from the brake lever when accelerating hard, due to the travel of the throttle.
Maybe a quick action throttle like on the sports bikes would solve the problem if there was one available for the RT?
Its just I had a very close call yesterday, was travelling along at about 80mph, and a car coming from the opposite direction cut right across me to make a turn.
I braked, but hadnt time to stop, so released and went out by the side of her onto the wrong side of the road, missing her by about a millimeter.
During the emergency braking, I felt that I could have used more force, which I didnt have, due to my hand not being close enough to the brake lever under acceleration.
 

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I had the same issue with the levers on my new 2012 R1200R (not RT). I surfed the web and finally decided on Pazzo levers (not the cheapest out there, but not the most expensive either). There are lots of color options, but my goal was functional. They were a snap to replace and with the six settings that aare available, I found one that is very comfortable when compared to stock. :wave :dance: :wave :dance:

brselman
2009 R1200RT
2011 335i
2012 R1200R
 

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Go to Fleabay under R11200RT parts. There are several versions of clutch and brake levers for sale. Yes they are made in China but at the price worth it. Easy install. I had a set for 20K miles on my last Tiger with no issues. The Tiger had a very long reach and the new ones were much better. More of dogleg. I will be buying another set for a back up since the stockers work fine for me.


One of many offerings:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Clutch-Brak...Parts_Accessories&hash=item3a739c88f7&vxp=mtr
 

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I have rather small hands (apparantly). I take a small to medium glove depending on make.
I also have grip puppies on the RT which make the grips a little fatter, which you would thing would add to the probllem.
TBH, I don't have any issues at all, the brake lever is in good reach when required.
BTW, you won't be reaching for the brake lever when on open throttle, at least you shouldn't be.
I would suggest some parking lot practise stops to sort that one out.
hth
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