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post #1 of 32 Old 05-21-2019, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Vario Levers

What levels did you upgrade your k1600 GA too?

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I put a set on my 15 GT. I like them but still getting use to the shorter clutch lever. You will notice it takes more pull effort, but negligible. Short brake one is very nice.

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Vario are expensive but the quality is second to none. I've been using the same set for 13 years / 4 different bikes; '05 RT, '07 K1200GT, '09 K1300GT, '12 K1600GT.

I've always used 3 fingers for the clutch, e.g. the shortened Vario lever has no impact on effort and 2 fingers on brake, covered 24/7.

Unfortunately BMW changed the lever mounting around '13-'14 requiring a different Vario lever.

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Here's an alternate and less expensive solution. Had them on my bike (black & silver version) for a year and they work very well. Excellent fit and function. https://www.amazon.com/Extendable-Fo.../dp/B01N4NVSRL. Different color options available...
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I should mention that i had the Vario levers on my previous bike (K1300GT) and I can't tell the difference between the two...

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Here's an alternate and less expensive solution. Had them on my bike (black & silver version) for a year and they work very well. Excellent fit and function. https://www.amazon.com/Extendable-Fo.../dp/B01N4NVSRL. Different color options available...
On the Vario, the length is adjustable. Not on these? And they fold, what is the purpose? I'm ignorant here.

I've been considering the Vario as I'm trying to improve at trail braking, and adjusting them to where my two fingers grab would be ideal. I could adapt my two fingers to grab where these run I suppose. They are certainly a better price point. Vario is spendy...plus I think my vanity would require a pair...can't have the stock lever over on the clutch.
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On the Vario, the length is adjustable. Not on these? And they fold, what is the purpose? I'm ignorant here.

I've been considering the Vario as I'm trying to improve at trail braking, and adjusting them to where my two fingers grab would be ideal. I could adapt my two fingers to grab where these run I suppose. They are certainly a better price point. Vario is spendy...plus I think my vanity would require a pair...can't have the stock lever over on the clutch.
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These are adjustable same as Vario. I can affirm one benefit of them folding is not breaking when/if you drop the bike. I lost footing while loading my bike on the trailer recently and when the clutch lever hit the side of the trailer it folded/flipped up! Once the bike was upright I simply flipped it back down. Pretty handy!! I was surprised at how nice they look, fit and feel for the price. However, if vanity requires you have the ability to say "Vario" when people ask what kind of levers you have, then by all means, spend, spend, spend...
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However, if vanity requires you have the ability to say "Vario" when people ask what kind of levers you have, then by all means, spend, spend, spend...
Gotcha on the fold and adjustability. And my vanity is not for brand, but I can’t do brake without clutch even though Vario sells them individually.

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@FloRider I have to apologize...when I scroll/read all the way down the page, I do see where my concerns/questions were addressed. Doh! My baaad. I appreciate your time following up!
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No worries! Good luck and hope you get what you need/want.

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