Best motorcycle lever upgrades

Improve the look and feel of your bike with some new levers

Operating a motorcycle clutch lever

by Jim Blackstock |

One of the most tactile, touchy-feely parts of your bike are its control levers, for the front brake and clutch. But it’s also true that they’re one of the most vulnerable components in even a low-speed crash meaning that at some point, you may need to get replacement ones.

At the same time, it’s also true that standard levers can be fairly plain; they often come without span adjusters, preventing you from tuning them to fit just-so while there are also lots of fancy aftermarket alternatives available, too.

You can get cool-looking anodised coloured ones; ones with span adjusters; ‘shorty’ ones designed to be used just with your first two fingers as is particularly applicable to MX and dirt bikes; one that ‘fold’ so are less likely to break in a topple and much, much more.

But which should you go for? Here’s our current pick of a cross-section of what’s available, what you get and how much they cost – but be warned: it’s also vital that you get as high quality and reputable ones as possible and ones that are specifically designed for your bike.

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Go for something unsuitable and you risk not only affecting the operation of your brakes and clutch but also, if the fit is not perfect, overlooked effects, such as non-operation of the brake light switch or interfering with the quick-shifter (if fitted) can happen.

ASV Short Lever Set

ASV Short Lever Set
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ASV is one of the bigger brands supplying aftermarket levers and these shorty levers are a typical example of their wares. Theyu2019re anodised aluminium (in a variety of colours); these ones are shorty style, so aimed at dirt and pit bikes.

They’re foldable to prevent breakage in the event of a crash and these ones are designed to fit 22mm handlebars. There’s a huge choice available so be sure to get the right ones for your bike.

Pros:

Stylish

Reasonably affordable

Great for pit and smaller bikes

Con:

Not the most sophisticated

Bike It OEM Replacement

Bike It OEM Replacement

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Proof that a replacement lever doesnu2019t always have to fancy and flashy. If youu2019re just after a like-for-like replacement, weu2019d always recommend going for the correct, original equipment spare part from your bikeu2019s manufacturer but, as this example from BikeIt shows, there are also good value pattern versions available.

This one’s a clutch lever for the Suzuki V-Strom. If you want a matching brake lever that’s extra. And, as before, it’s vital that you get the correct levers for your bike.

Pros:

Like-for-like replacement

Great value

Decent ratings

Con:

Not really an upgrade

Rizoma Ducati Brake Lever

Rizoma Ducati Brake Lever
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Italian brand Rizoma is considered pure royalty when it comes to replacement motorcycle levers as this example proves. But theyu2019re also a fairly specialised purchase, so you wonu2019t find many on the broader shopping sites.

Usually specific to a particular bike, they’re super high-quality, available in either black or polished alloy, are foldable to prevent breakage, have a neat Ducati logo and come in a wide variety of styles and specifications. This one isn’t the most sophisticated but is a decent example of their quality.

Pros:

One of the very best

Proven reputation

As used by many race teams

Con:

The hefty price

Hi-Q Replacement Clutch Lever

Hi-Q Replacement Clutch Lever

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Another example of a decent quality, well-rated straight pattern replacement for your original lever, this time a black-anodised clutch version. Itu2019s by Hi-Q, is in cast aluminium with a black finish and is at a great price.

For complete peace of mind we’d always recommend genuine spares but this example has plenty of good ratings and is at an unmissable price – just make sure you get the right one for your bike.

Pros:

Brilliant price

Looks identical to original

Highly rated

Con:

Not genuine OE

MZS Lever Set

MZS Lever Set
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Another fairly popular, affordable and stylish aftermarket lever brand, this time made in China but they are German TUV tested and approved and come with a wide variety of features and fitments.

They’re CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminium, are very light and stylish and come with six-way span adjustment and have an eye-grabbing, contrasting black/red anodised finish. These ones are compatible with Honda’s CBR and CB650 and its NC700/750 series so make sure you get the right ones for your bike.

Pros:

Stylish design

Plenty of options/fitments

Reasonable value

Con:

Lesser-known brand

Bad Dog Clutch Lever

Bad Dog Clutch Lever

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Another well-rated lever upgrade, this time from the Bad Dog brand. The range is CNC machined from aluminium, has a hard anodised finish, a neat u2018Bad Dogu2019 etched logo, six-way span adjusters, are available in short or long designs and have a built-in u2018fracture pointu2019 to prevent excessive damage.

This one is specific to a variety of Suzuki models so check you’re getting the right ones plus the price is just for one lever, not a set.

Pros:

Quality finish

Adjustability

Variety of styles and fitments

Con:

Not the cheapest

Oxford Premium Lever Guard

Oxford Premium Lever Guard
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Not, strictly speaking replacement levers, but instead an accessory worth considering when thinking about levers. Lever guards became compulsory in grand prix racing a few years ago for safety reasons to prevent the accidental activation of your front brake when in close proximity with another machine.

They are now commonplace throughout track racing and we’d also recommend them on sportsbikes, especially if likely to do trackdays (they are compulsory at most UK events).

These guards from UK brand Oxford are a quality option. There’s a universal fit design, are in lightweight, CNC-milled aluminium and are stylish and well made.

Pros

Sensible safety addition

Reputable brand

Quality construction

Con

Arguably OTT for the road

Renthal Intelilever Clutch Lever

Renthal Intelilever Clutch Lever

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Hereu2019s a fancy one thatu2019s definitely an upgrade. From highly-respected UK brand Renthal, these Intelilevers allow the lever blade to dislocate in a full 270 degrees of motion, not just up and down and forward like other levers, in the event of a tumble then easily pop back into place, which makes them a great trackday option, too.

They also have a slick span adjuster and are very high quality, CNC machined from 6082-T6 alloy.

Pros:

Quality brand

Novel dislocate feature

Fabulous quality

Con:

Quite pricey

Ride It Shorty Levers

Ride It Shorty Levers
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Another typical aftermarket offering, this time by Ride It, which also gets pretty good ratings and feedback.

These ones are specific to Honda’s brilliant MSX125 Grom bike and, with their colour-matched red anodising, pit-bike style shorty design and span adjustability, are perfect for the job, giving the bike both a styling and function upgrade – just be sure to get the ones for the right model of bike so that they operate correctly

Pros:

Funky style

Adjustability

Variety of fits and colours

Con:

Only middling value

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