Here are 3 tips for your brake and clutch levers. With doing these tips, I haven’t broken a lever off all the way… maybe ever. Yes, I dump my bikes over all the time, and the worst that happens is they levers will brake off at the designated stress point the most levers (stock one’s anyway) have.
1 – Move the levers in. This means they won’t be the first thing to contact the ground, your bars will do that. Doing this will keep your levers lasting much longer. If you are running full wrap around hand guards, then this isn’t that important. If you are like me though, and don’t feel comfortable with the full wrap grips because of the risk of breaking your arm/wrist by getting it caught in the bar, then you will really benefit from this tip. Some part of the world pretty much require that you use a full wrap around grip, but my area isn’t one of those, so I don’t use them very often.
2 – Get the correct elevation. You are looking for something that feels natural when you are sitting and even more important, feels natural when you are standing up. You don’t want your wrist cocked at some strange angle. Avoid extreme angles here. No too high, not too low. The video shows vernally what I’m talking about.
3 – Don’t tighten them too tight. You want the levers to be able to rotate around the bars up or down when you take a “digger”. It’s amazing how much of a different this makes in how long your levers will last.