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Old March 12th, 2014, 09:13 AM   #1
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folding tip foot controls

Hi All,

Many of you have commented on the poor quality of the stock shift and brake levers. The tips are not replaceable and drag easily. So I've contacted Hammerhead Designs about the ones they make for Ducatis. They feature folding tips in various colors and offsets for different sizes of boots. Knurled or rubber covered!

They specialize in dirt bike equipment, but offer them for older Hypers and Multis. They are willing to make parts for us, but have not seen one so I am helping out. After perusing the Ducati parts lists I've decided that the shift lever and arm should fit our 821s.

I've ordered the shifter parts, will report on how they fit. The brake lever needs a different rear arm as the 796 one has too much offset. But it is a separate part, bolts on the lever, and they just got a new 3D printer so they are willing to make it for us. I've volunteered to send pics and dimensions, even my stock lever if they need it.

This probably won't appease the track day junkies, but is a lot cheaper than a set of Ducabike rearsets. The shifter plus the arm that goes on the shaft were only $130 with free shipping in the US - less than the stock parts, I'll bet. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 10:18 AM   #2
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I think I paid right in the neighborhood of $120-130 for new rear brake lever from my dealer, and that was probably with %10 discount.

I will buy both levers once you confirm they fit.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 05:05 PM   #3
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Old March 12th, 2014, 05:23 PM   #4
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Rear brake is $230 for 796 Motard version. Pricey, but I do like the flat pedal option.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 05:42 PM   #5
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I am a starter also if they will ship to Oz.
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Old March 13th, 2014, 05:07 AM   #6
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This is on my to do list...
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Old March 13th, 2014, 06:58 AM   #7
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Well, there is a problem with the brake lever. There is a boss on the inner side that holds a bolt that actuates the brake light and adjusts the lever position. I've attached pics from each parts list for comparison.

I'm (a) not sure that their 796 lever has this, and (b) not sure how to deal with it. I'm discussing a couple of solutions with them; note that the arm that operates the brake rod is bolted onto the back of the lever at the pivot. This part (red in the pic above) will need modification anyway.

And I'm not sure that the flat pedal is an option for this lever. It's not shown as such on their website.

I'm expecting the shift lever by Saturday. Right now I'm about to ride down to my dealer to get the steering head rubber boot upgrade. We'll see what HDmoto has to say.
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Old March 14th, 2014, 02:22 PM   #8
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I'm interested, already had to replace the brake lever. Have come close to dragging the shift lever.
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Old March 15th, 2014, 12:10 AM   #9
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Maybe the adjustable footpegs on Ebay are an option. It rises the footpeg by 25 or 40 mm so the break and gear levers can be adjusted to a higher level.
This will give more clearance for about 55 dollars.......
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Old March 15th, 2014, 06:21 AM   #10
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Hi all, here is the latest:

I rode to NB Ducati on Thursday for my rubber bootie upgrade, and looked at a HYM 796 they had in service.

First, it turns out that the brake lever adjuster bolt only sets the position of the lever. It has nothing to do with the brake light switch.

Second, the 796 brake lever is pretty close to the 821 except for the rear arm. I am investigating having a new one made. I could just fab one up for myself, but HDmoto is not willing to do it as they have a stock of obsolete Ducati parts already. It's hard for a small company to keep up with the constant updates.

Finally, I got the shift lever and it is really nice. Came with an extra rubber cover, too. But it turned out to be about a cm too short - see pic. So I've ordered a +10mm tip. You do need a good pair of circlip pliers to change them, so if you order one you should adjust the tip length accordingly.

Will update again when I get the lever installed with the new tip. And personally I prefer the stock pegs for the nice wide platform and the legroom (which I need).
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