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…
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.
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.
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.
Place in the Joker Machine lever and make sure that the Triumph spring seats properly into the indentation.
0nce the lever is seated, thread in the retaining bolt to hold it in place and nut it down.
I dig these levers. The stock levers are straight and plain whereas these Joker Machine levers have indentations that provide a nice precision.
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.
10mm Box Wrench
5mm Allen Key
$160 + Shipping