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    Flirting With The Redline dpwell's Avatar
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    brake/clutch levers are too far from grips

    hi - I have a 2015 Honda cb500x and would like to swap out the stock levers with ones that are shaped to be closer to the grips. The ones on my old ninja are perfect but the ones on the Honda make me reach more than I want, especially the brake. I just called my local Honda shop and the parts guy basically said this can't be done, but I'm highly sceptical. Has anyone done this? Any recommendations?

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    Vortex makes some very nice adjustable levers. They are about $80 each but you can usually find a sale at some online retailer. You could also go the eBay route and get a pair of levers for the same price, just from an unknown manufacturer. I have used Vortex parts on my track and racing bikes. Vortex produces high quality parts at pretty reasonable prices.

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    +1, Vortex, CRG, ASV, Pazzo Racing... etc. All make adjustable levers. Here are some no-name brands https://www.amazon.com/Adjustable-20.../dp/B00MBDMBG0
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    I have adjustable levers on my CB500X. However, I do not know what they are. The prior owner sold them to me for $40 for the pair. I did not have a problem with the position of the stock levers, but the black adjustable ones with the red adjustment lever looked cool. I also put adjustable levers on the Versys. Do not know what kind they are either. But they are also black with a red adjustment lever.

    So not much help. Sorry.

    However, the one cautionary note about adjustable levers is to be careful to make sure they are adjusted properly every time you get on the bike, especially if someone else is riding the bike. They can affect the feel of the brakes and the location of the friction zone of the clutch so you want to make sure you are comfortable with how they are adjusted before you take off down the road.

    Almost wheelied the Versys in the driveway after my son had ridden it and I did not pay attention to how he had moved the clutch way in so the friction zone was right at the handle. I was used to it being a bit further out.

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    Rally Raid sells adjustable levers meant specifically for the CB500X.

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    thanks for the tips. Someone on another forum told me that the 2016 cb500x has an adjustable brake lever (not clutch) and that it's compatible with my 2015. So I have a few options. Not sure why Honda made the 2015 with such a huge gap between grips and levers.
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    Damnit, I never had a problem with the distance to my CB's levers until I read this. Now it bugs me every time I get on the bike.

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    ASV's are pricey, but nice. paid about $225 and tax for both of mine (C5 brake and clutch levers), no regrets. Personal opinion check out motomummy and search to see if you're bike has a set available (Mine had long or short handle options and I went w/ shorty levers).

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    Another manufacturer is FP Racing. Their folding levers have a lifetime warranty. I had a set that the bearing race split open, and even though I wasn't the original purchaser nor warranty holder, they offered to rebuild them for me for the cost of shipping.
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