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Handlebar and grip enhancements

Installed on both my Valkyrie and my VTX find SAC padded leather grips. These grips can be obtained at many bike shows under different names. They are fat and soft and dampen vibration very well. Very comfortable. Cobalt Blue matches my Valkyrie and Purple matches Bruiser's Blurple. To install these shorter grips, take a razor knife and cut your OEM grip right at the end of the inner chrome ring. Invert that OEM ring to make an attractive spacer and install the custom grip. Other items include chromed Valkyrie Interstate housings (the cables exit under the bar for a cleaner look) and chromed reservoirs with smooth caps. I'm fond of smooth chrome and detest fluted stuff bumpy stuff. Click here for a looksee at how to swap out or remove for chrome your switch housings. I use the Gold Wing posts for a helmet lock. Just get the posts and you can get a pair of small locks at the hardware store for about $3.00. Put the lock on the lower curved portion of the posts because if you put it on the top, some hemet D-rings can slip over the top and the lock too.

See below for a discussion of the 7430 levers


Not pictured, but somwhat visible is an Arlan Ness Alternatives Mirror (DS-302060 or 13-406)

For levers, I use Kuryakyn 7430 Wide Blade reduced reach levers for the Gold Wing. I do not recommend the use of these levers. The "striker" for the brake lever does not center on the brake reservoir piston and after some use, it will wear the piston as shown below. I continue to use these levers and I will often grease them so the wear is minimized. The only reason I use them is that they let me ride for a longer time with my bunged up hands. The clutch lever works flawlessly, but I do not recommend using the brake lever. My apologies to anyone who purchased these levers on my recommendation.

Please check your piston to see that it is not worn like the one shown.
If it does, you should replace the lever with a stock one.

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