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post #1 of 10 Old 11-19-2019, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Need to replace Front Brake Lever and Brake Fluid Reservoir

Getting out of my inclined driveway I made an oops, opened throttle when i shouldn't have, and hit right side against neighbors wooden retaining wall..
Result is I busted the Front brake lever and as it snapped off it also cracked a piece off the brake fluid reservoir.
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I think this is something I can fix myself (otherwise, i need to get it towed since i can't ride without front brake).

Any recommendations on replacement? 2013 Vstrom 650 ABS. Also has hand guards, which i think were 'ok' and can be re-used.
I don't mind replacing both levers and getting some 'cool' reservoir to match. I also am fine just replacing with something functional and safe so I can start riding again (albeit a bit humbled).

I see things on Ebay (cant post link yet since i am new), not sure the quality.

Then i see some other 'cooler' stuff on Amazon which the pair of levers plus brake reservoir (not for Vstrom): (cant post link yet since i am new)

Kind of at a loss on how to proceed. Anyone go through this already (if its an old topic i can just read through relevant thread).

-thanks for any help!
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-19-2019, 04:18 PM
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In the "for sale" forum here, there is a dl650 selling parts off it. Go there and communicate with the seller.

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Here is a used OEM unit. It is from a 16 650. Worst case you would have to but a rebuild kit in it. New, without lever is about $170. https://www.ebay.ca/itm/2016-Suzuki-...dcDs0M&vxp=mtr

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When you are putting it all back together wrap some Teflon plumbers tape around your handlebars before you clamp the master cylinder back on.

What the tape does is allow the master cylinder to be tightened up so it stays in place during normal use but when the bike is crashed the leaver and MC can easily move or slip.

That movement absorbs some of the shock and can save all your gear like leavers, mirrors and cylinders from damage.

You should do the same on the clutch side, it is cheap insurance and helps keep you on the road.

Barkbusters are another great insurance policy, they cost more cash but are still cheaper than replacing broken gear.
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Rolex, if that statement were from some newbee I'd laugh. You as a source gives it some skeptical credence.
Setting the break away point would be interesting. I guess it depends on one's measure of just right.
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Before teflon tape was invented some riders would snug the lever perches down and then back them off a little.

So that if you put some force on it you could slightly move the lever perches. Some times it helps in an accident, sometimes you are going to need some new parts.

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I can tell you 100% it works, my dad set up every bike I ever owned that way and I have never broken a perch or leaver in 50 years of ridding. I currently have 25 bikes and they all have tape on them.

I have posted this story many times, on my WR450f I had my front wheel taken out from under me by a sheep, when I first lay eyes the sheep I was traveling at about 100kph.

I jumped on the anchors and dodged 4 or 5 of them but the last one got me, this resulted in quite a high speed high side.

My bike tumbled down the dirt road end over end 4 or 5 times coming to rest on the handlebars and seat with the wheels pointing skyward.

It knocked me silly, I could only tell my direction of travel by the gouge marks in the dirt road made by the tumbling bike.

When I got my wind back and the mates I had been racing arrived we stood the bike up, pushed all the switch gear, leavers and mirrors back into position.

The only damage was to the headlight surround, a couple of cable ties and I was on my way again.

No perch should be so tight that it can not move, it will break !!!, leaving them a little loose works but the tape is much better, it allows a smoother movement, if you don't use tape I suggest they be a little looser and Loctite on the bolts so you don't loose them.

The cost of the tape is less than one broken leaver and far less than the damage the original poster suffered, give it a try you will feel what I mean.

Just right is where everything stays in place under normal conditions but can be moved by force, with tape I don't think they could ever be over tight, Teflon creates slip.

When I first set up my V2 I had everything a little too slack, at 210kph both perches flipped back almost simultaneously, it scared the crap out of me, at my next stop I snugged them down a little more.

Of course nothing is guaranteed but the tape will give you a greater chance of winning.
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I would suggest replacing it with all stock v-strom parts. That way it will be easier, you know your brake hose will fit properly, you know your front brake light switch will work properly, etc.

I've done a number of "hey, let's try this cool Brembo master cylinder" (not on a v-strom, but other bikes) ... and then you gotta sort out the brake light switch and wiring, and maybe the hose fitting is different so you need to get a custom brake hose, or find a hose that will fit the MC you bought and then hope that hose is the right length to fit your bike ... it can go on and on. Simple idea, can get tricky in execution.

Looks like new it is a bit pricey at $175 for the master cylinder and $43 for the lever assembly, so $218 for all brand new OEM parts.

So you could go eBay and look for OEM parts.

Or if you are adventurous , read up some, see who swapped out to a better performance system, and track that down. Just be prepared for it to not be a bolt on and go type of thing.
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Just get one from E-Bay or contact https://www.stromtrooper.com/29961-rick123.html (https://www.stromtrooper.com/sale/42...650-parts.html).

I can't remember someone complaining about a MC rebuild here, so they do not need re-building normally for a long time.

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A friend of mine puts a smear of anti seize on his bars before he mounts his lever perches to allow them to move and I don't feel that I have to tell him that he is wrong. Be careful running into sheep, they can be expensive. my grandfather was a farmer who had a neighbor who tried raising sheep for a business.
It didn't work out. in any business you need a good up to date inventory. The sheep farmer had a problem in that when he went to count the sheep,
he repeatedly fell asleep.

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