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    Grippy levers?

    Has anybody ever heard of adding grip tape or some other substance to brake and clutch levers to make them more.....grippy?

    Recently I was playing around with the levers on my bmw, and I was thinking about painting them with bedliner or using a grip tape to increase the grip on the front side of the lever. I've never seen it on motorcycles, but I have seen it on bicycles occasionally, including fitting rubber sleeves over the lever.

    Is there any reason this is a bad idea? Only thing I can think of is that it might tear up your glove in a crash as your hand comes off the lever.

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    i dont think it will be a plus except in mud racing
    when gripping and releasing a lever the ability of the lever to slide on a gloves surface is what enables the best feel in my opinion
    my levers get quite polished in grip zone

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    I haven't done it with motorcycle levers, but I used to tool dip my mountain bike levers to help when things got super wet.

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    I like it Geeto is right up there with my idea to sell sprocket wax,
    but what I really want are lightweight motorcycle tire chains for riding on snow and a paddle wheeler boat to ride across open water.

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    Surely it's best for the lever to slide on your gloves, especially the clutch when disengaged fully? Anything grippy would pull your fingers or maybe even your gloves off the ends of your fingers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyshep View Post
    Surely it's best for the lever to slide on your gloves, especially the clutch when disengaged fully? Anything grippy would pull your fingers or maybe even your gloves off the ends of your fingers.
    yup
    in wet muddy offroad conditions a little traction is def good but i dont think so for most riding
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    Liked for the video...

    never thought about it for the levers. Something maybe to try.

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    If you want to give it a try just for a temporary test, just wrap some good old hockey tape around the lever... eh. I think it might give you a general idea. Just for shits and giggles, I wrapped some around these drifts that I made for installing bearings into the deep dark depths of (hot out of the oven) gearbox housings. Oddly enough, I have come to use hockey tape for a few things.... when mocking components together or even holding something awkward to tack because I don't have a free hand or or an obscure clamp. Hockey tape is your friend.

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    I think I might try that.

    I have to refinish the levers anyway, new ones are non-existent and these have some good old fashioned garage rash on them that makes them look ugly.

    In 20+ years of riding I think my hands have slipped off the levers about a dozen times, and probably only once or twice that caused potential brown moments.
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    hey gto what pattern are the levers
    and i would be visiting that foxy chick you know who does the seat work and have her wrap them with rawhide get it ?
    rawhide wrapped amnything is pop with the harley crowd too
    fringe tassle schaps n get back whips chains n lil bells

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