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Lever protectors wanted -any ideas?

Discussion in 'General R1200RS Discussions' started by Mattblack000, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. Mattblack000

    Mattblack000 Member

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    3550D8A0-EC8A-4CC5-A202-2E9F31B1A2BE.jpeg Am looking for brake / clutch lever protectors but no one seems to make them to fit my beloved R1200RS. Anyone found any that fit or can suggest a manufacturer. Found the ones in the picture that are perfect, except they only make them for hollow bar ended BMW’s.

    Any ideas peeps?
     
  2. Stef

    Stef Active Member

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    Why would you mount these? If you fall the levers will break at the predefined breaking point (small slip on back side) but you will be able in 99% of the cases to continue. Unless you plan on throwing your bike on the ground on a regular basis. Then its probably worth the investment :)
     
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  3. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

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    What about a longer bar end weight?
     
  4. Peter Burridge

    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I always thought that the purpose of these was to prevent levers being actuated in racing incidents??

     
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    Indeed. Why would you?

    Think of the fuel you could buy instead :)
     
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  6. Mattblack000

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    Mmmm, not the answers I was looking for. What happens when a wing mirror from oncoming idiot clips your handlebar? Said idiot manages to apply the brake causing a very nasty spill. Never again. Not looking for anyone’s opinion on whether I should have them, that’s my decision.
     
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    If the idiot is that close I would worry more about my leg and the motor.
     
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  8. Mattblack000

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    Tell me about it.
     
  9. LQB1

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    I actually have exactly these on my bike. Practically zero vibration! Hadn't thought about them as a lever protector...
     
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  10. Stef

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    Then I would suggets this:
     
  11. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

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    I thought maybe in a parking lot drop they might keep the lever tip from touching the ground.
     
  12. ray2

    ray2 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    You might check with Sato racing.
    They have a fit for K13ooS and R1100S and F800 that might be made to fit the bill.
    Revzilla also has a lever protector that should clamp over the bar end.
    Here's the bike-specific list for lever protectors from Revzilla.
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  13. PeTe T

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    My understanding is that in the event of a crash the lever protectors prevent the levers contacting the ground and thereby crushing your fingers against the grips. Saved a lot of racers from mangled fingers when losing the front under braking. They probably save damage to the levers but that is not the primary purpose. You may not be a racer but if you are a two-finger brake-er then they could save your two outside fingers from being crushed. Of course with the GSAP on the RS they would save all four fingers on the left hand.

    I'd call these a legitimate piece of gear on any bike and I would certainly consider them highly desirable on an S1000RR for instance due to the nature of the riding that it encourages. Larger bar end weights are useful for other reasons but don't supply this sort of protection unless they're about a foot long.

    These look nice from Rizoma but need to check they fit current R/RS...

    https://rideapart.com/articles/rizoma-proguard-barkbusters-for-sportsbikes
     
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    Thanks
     
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    I have had some unexpected stops when my dirt bike’s brake lever was actuated by brush/trees. I can understand that the same could happen on the street in congested conditions. Below is a link the to a US vendor that offers the plain Barkbusters (as mentioned above by Dave) in a single-point mount. One of the two versions will bolt right up to the RS. Seems like these might provide what you seek at a reasonable cost...they’re effective and unobtrusive.

    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/bark...-internal-threaded-bar-ends-stm-007-no-guards
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. At last, a sensible reply. Lol
     
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    Now we’re talking. I enjoyed Barkbusters on my previous R1200R. I loved the ease of installation with the single mounting being on the inside. Onto the tubular bar.

    First time I’ve seen them on an RS. A bit pricey, but I believe they did help with cold fingers and sharp flying stones and beasties.
     

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