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Old 04-14-2012, 01:58 PM
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What fingers do you use to grip your clutch and brake levers?

I use middle and ring finger on both hands. I find that I get a better grip on the throttle that way, and maintaining throttle control under braking is one thing I really try to work on.
 
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I do the same mostly but I catch myself wanting to use more than that from time to time. Sometimes I use 3(all minus my pinky) for the clutch and then my pointer and middle for the front brake. I don't know if this is a bad habit or not.
 
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:19 PM
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I ride with 3 on the clutch (sans pinkie) and 2 on the brake lever (index and middle, last two stay on the grip).

On the street, you should maintain these fingers on the levers, at all times.
The 3-5 hundreths of a second, added, mean you have traveled (at least) an additional
20-30 feet, these are critical numbers in a near-collision scenerio.

Trust me on this...I once put my front tire, 1" past the face of my front door-with
the door closed. Ooops, not gonna do that, again!

Good luck and ride safe, Ern
 
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:53 PM
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Those doors just jump out at ya sometimes.

This video Kuroshio posted is what got me thinking about it. My index finger doesn't reach far enough around my brake lever to get a good pull on it. Maybe with different levers I could.

BMW S1000RR - David Johnson - YouTube
 
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:59 PM
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He's using a radial piston master cylinder on his brakes. They are more efficent and need less travel and lever force. Here's a link to how they work...

Overview of a Brembo Master Cylinders

For us regular folk, try the adjuster on the lever to bring it closer to the grip.
Just don't get it so close, that you bump the bar, before full pressure is exerted.

Ern
 
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:10 AM
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3 on clutch 2 on brake.
Cover most of the time, not when accelerating hard though.
 
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