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    Hi all, new to the forum, my husband and I just bought our first bike, an '09 TW200. We're still learning to ride, and (it's all part of the process, right?) he managed to snap off the front brake lever halfway down today.



    We want to order some (hopefully better quality) replacement front brake and clutch levers to have on hand. What are the best options? OEM vs. after market? Preferably cheap?



    Also, we both have pretty short fingers, so whatever we replace it with needs to not increase the travel distance (preferably might even decrease a little).



    Thanks!

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    The best qaulity levers in the world are sacrificial--they break so the bracket doesn't. The best way to prevent broken and bent levers is to add brush gaurds to protect the levers from impact. I wouldn't own a dualsport bike without brush gaurds. To protect my hands when riding offroad. Protecting the levers is a bonus.




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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    The best qaulity levers in the world are sacrificial--they break so the bracket doesn't. The best way to prevent broken and bent levers is to add brush gaurds to protect the levers from impact. I wouldn't own a dualsport bike without brush gaurds. To protect my hands when riding offroad. Protecting the levers is a bonus.


    Thanks - that makes sense.



    Any suggestions for good quality brush levers?

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    I use the plastic EMGO guards with aluminum reinforcement. The fit well, mount easily, are tough as they come, and cost about half of what some designer brands go for.



    http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/common...614037&imgId=0

    http://psawonline.com/HANDGUARDSEMGO...source=froogle



    They go on sale often for about $40. Well worth the price.



    Avoid the cheaper plastic version--waste of money.




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    Or just loosen up your levers a little so they will move instead of breaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 805gregg View Post
    Or just loosen up your levers a little so they will move instead of breaking.


    Doesn't always work.




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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    Doesn't always work.


    Thanks for all the suggestions guys - I suspect there will be a fair amount of trial-and-error for us, especially since this is our first bike and we are both just learning to ride. Also sounds like it may end up depending on how much and how hard-core we get into the off-roading stuff (and of course how long we end up keeping the bike). So far its a great bike to be learning on though - especially for me - I really had trouble with the bigger, heavier bikes!

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    Would these levers fit my t dub? Is it true that some YZ 125 parts will work? I'm a new t dub owner that has a smaller hand reach. I'm in need of an adjustable brake lever more than the clutch. Suggestions?



    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...T.ac=SLIsearch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangepeel View Post
    Would these levers fit my t dub? Is it true that some YZ 125 parts will work? I'm a new t dub owner that has a smaller hand reach. I'm in need of an adjustable brake lever more than the clutch. Suggestions?



    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...T.ac=SLIsearch


    Stock YZ levers won't operate your clutch safety or brake light switches. Make sure those high rent ones will.



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