Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
I use two fingers on front brakes and three on clutch. On the highway I do not cover the levers. In curves and off road I cover the front brake with 2 fingers. I learned to cover levers while riding MX bikes so that off road I could still hold the grips while either braking or shifting (my original 2-stroke MX bike required a lot more shifting than the Wee). Since the Wee is torquey, has good engine braking, and has long gears I don't shift that much off road so I usually do not cover the clutch.
Laugh at this or not, but I also cover front and rear brakes on my mountain bike with two fingers for the same reason. I also raced BMX as a kid for years and covered the rear brake with 2 fingers so now this technique is automatic. You may notice that nicer mountain bikes, and competition quality BMX bikes, use short levers to encourage proper hand placement and facilitate rider comfort. Adjusting the travel on the lever, and the angle, can further optimize fit even on stock levers.
To assist with nice lever feel I replaced the big OEM levers on the Wee with CRG Roll-A-Click shorty levers which are highly adjustable on the fly. My upgraded brakes (GSXR 750 calipers and Galfer HH sintered pads) make two finger stops a breeze. Shorter levers also fit inside my Acerbis hand guards better.
Last edited by KevinP; 05-17-2011 at 10:10 AM.