BONNIE MOD #14
Joker Machine Clutch & Brake Levers

Another nice piece of hardware from the Joker Machine – a well crafted, ergonomic set of hand levers to replace the Triumph stock brake and clutch levers. Bryan Warren sent me these and I was very impressed. A solid piece of billet. (I suppose that’s redundant.)

The levers were packed the same as other JM pieces – shrink wrapped and all set for retail display. I must say, though, that for the price of these, I think they necessitate better, richer packaging. I don’t expect to go into a shop and see a pair of $150 levers hanging from the same hook that I would see some Home Depot $5 hardware hanging from. This is some stellar hardware that deserves better presentation. Just my marketing two cents. But that’s not what’s important…

Packaged Joker Machine Clutch and Brake Levers for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.
Packaged Joker Machine Clutch and Brake Levers for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.

You have to see these in person. Breaking them out of the packaging, you instantly cop a feel of some extremely well made, loved on hardware.

Joker Machine Clutch and Brake Levers for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.
Joker Machine Clutch and Brake Levers for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.
Backside view of Joker Machine Clutch and Brake Levers for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.
Backside view of Joker Machine Clutch and Brake Levers for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.
Close up of Joker Machine Clutch and Brake Levers for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.
Close up of Joker Machine Clutch and Brake Levers for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.

0kay, enough with the fondling. Let’s install them. I had never replaced the Triumph levers before, so I was expecting that I would have to deal with the master cylinder and adjusting the clutch and all sorts of other adjustments but none of that was involved. This was a shockingly simple install. No adjustments were necessary whatsoever – this install involved swapping out the levers, that’s it. In their purest sense, these were levers, nothing more.
To install the Jokers, you have to remove the stock levers and that requires removing two retaining bolts – one on each lever. Both are a 5mm hex head with a 10mm nut – hex key and box wrench, that’s all you need. Seriously easy.

Topside view of stock brake lever of a Triumph Bonneville T100, Bonnie Café.
Topside view of stock brake lever of a Triumph Bonneville T100, Bonnie Café.
Retaining bolt holding the lever to the brake assembly on the handlebar of a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.
Retaining bolt holding the lever to the brake assembly on the handlebar of a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.

This is the one huge caveat of the mod. Be EXTREMELY careful of the return spring that you see in the below photo. It is seated in pretty well but it is very easy to slip and have that thing go flying across the garage floor. Trust me, I speak from experience. Make sure that it stays in place. The Joker Machine levers have an indentation to which this spring fits into, just like the stock levers.

The stock spring return of a stock brake lever for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.
The stock spring return of a stock brake lever for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.

Place in the Joker Machine lever and make sure that the Triumph spring seats properly into the indentation.

Fitting on the Joker Machine clutch lever for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.
Fitting on the Joker Machine clutch lever for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.

0nce the lever is seated, thread in the retaining bolt to hold it in place and nut it down.

Topside view of Joker Machine Brake Lever for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.
Topside view of Joker Machine Brake Lever for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.

I dig these levers. The stock levers are straight and plain whereas these Joker Machine levers have indentations that provide a nice precision.

Joker Machine vs stock brake lever for a Triumph Bonneville T100, Bonnie Café.
Joker Machine vs stock brake lever for a Triumph Bonneville T100, Bonnie Café.

BTW, the 1,2,3,4? That’s to adjust the travel of the lever. I’m not going to speak to that, I find that it’s very subjective.

Tools Required:
10mm Box Wrench
5mm Allen Key

Company URL:
Joker Machine

Price:
$160 + Shipping

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