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    Default Brake Perch switch between bikes?

    Has anyone switched brake perch's between bike models?

    I have a Ninja 650R and do not like the way the brake handle pivots. The pivot of the brake handle is too close to the handlebar and my fingers to produce a good squeeze on the handle with two fingers. I either need to move my hand to the outside of the grip and the middle of the brake handle to get a good compression, or use all four fingers, allowing the last two fingers to pull the handle in closer for stronger braking. I like the way race bike perch is designed with the pivot point moved towards the front of the bike, not near the handlebar/clip-on, allowing the brake handle to compress more easily. I would like to get one and mount it on my bike and do not see any issues other than clearance and master brake cylinder. Anyone done this or have any thoughts?

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    Switching to aftermarket levers make a world of difference. Contact ducatimichael for a good, affordable set.

    Just for reference, I had he same issue on my TLR. once I bought Pazzo's (yes, the real ones), I fell in love. I've haven't run stock on any bike since. It's the way the levers are curved that makes the difference.
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    What you can do is find the full handlebar brake set up from a newer ZX-6R, it is a radial cylinder and it will produce the effect you are looking for.
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    Any master cylinder for 7/8" bars can be mounted up but here are the potential complications:

    clearance - it will fit on the bars but you might hit fairings or dash while turning
    hose - your brake hose probably won't fit (difference in length and/or angle of the fitting) and they're isn't likely to be an off the shelf solution which means measuring and getting a custom hose made (bout $100 depending on where you go)
    switch - brake light switch is integrated into the master cylinder more often than not. They ALMOST always close the circuit when the lever is pulled but there are some weird ones out there. The bigger issue here is the need to splice the wires in since it's not likely to have the correct connector.

    FWIW, a radial pump does NOT fit on my mille which is why i sold my rcs to Jay. Depending on the bike radial might not be an option for you so I would find someone that has a spare kicking around and test fit it before you spend any money.

    Other than that, call mike and get a set of levers for your existing setup. They are adjustable so you can position the lever further out and get more lever travel before you hit your fingers.

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    Count one more for suggesting a new set of levers. You'll save yourself a lot of trouble(installing levers is much simpler than replacing the brake master cylinder), a lot of money(used master cylinder with lever, possibly new lines, new fluid vs. levers from DucatiMichael), plus the new levers can add a little bling factor to the bike.

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    The ZX-6R master will bolt on to the 650 with out issue.

    Ask me how I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonny Rocket View Post
    What you can do is find the full handlebar brake set up from a newer ZX-6R, it is a radial cylinder and it will produce the effect you are looking for.
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    The ZX-6R master will bolt on to the 650 with out issue.

    Ask me how I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonny Rocket View Post
    The ZX-6R master will bolt on to the 650 with out issue.

    Ask me how I know.

    Yes... but will it give him any brake pressure since it was originally designed to be used with 4-piston calipers (I'm assuming that the 650 has 2-piston jobbies like an SV)? I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that a GSX-R radial master does not work with stock SV calipers. You can bleed it till the cows come home and you're not ever going to get good pressure in the lever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GixerJockey View Post
    Yes... but will it give him any brake pressure since it was originally designed to be used with 4-piston calipers (I'm assuming that the 650 has 2-piston jobbies like an SV)? I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that a GSX-R radial master does not work with stock SV calipers. You can bleed it till the cows come home and you're not ever going to get good pressure in the lever.
    I know a few people who run the R6 radial master on the SV. Works great.
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    Thanks for the responses. My stock levers are adjustable and I have played around with the different settings but have not really found what I am looking for. I will probably try DucatiMichael's levers first, just for haha's. If they don't work out for me, I will look into the ZX set-up.

    Makct04, you got the whole ZX front end on your bike, right?

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