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    Default For those who can't afford Pazzos, ASVs, or FP levers

    There is an alternative. Yes, they're made in China. Yes, they probably copied someone's design.

    But for under $50, they look and function the same and their quality appears to be quite good:

    eBay store here:
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    Default Re: For those who can't afford Pazzos, ASVs, or FP levers

    Keep us posted on those or me at least. I saw those and was seriously thinking about them but wasn't sure about quality, durability and how good the adjusters worked. I'll probably buy them but if any issues pop up let me know in case I'm still in that ol' hurry up at wait mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stien View Post
    Keep us posted on those or me at least. I saw those and was seriously thinking about them but wasn't sure about quality, durability and how good the adjusters worked. I'll probably buy them but if any issues pop up let me know in case I'm still in that ol' hurry up at wait mode.
    The adjusters work as well as those on my Pazzos.
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    Default Re: For those who can't afford Pazzos, ASVs, or FP levers

    Hmm good deal there. Prob will get a set for my zx10. I also see a nice solor cowl for $60 shipped. Would be nice. As there will be no one on my back seat.
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    Default Re: For those who can't afford Pazzos, ASVs, or FP levers

    well, i got pazzos 2 years back, i didn't know those existed.

    they're great, but i started out with the clutch on setting 5 out of 6 and the brake on 6... new pads, discs & bleed. so the adjustment really wasn't worth much.
    my buddy got hong kong ones. for 1/4 of the price...
    the lever is exactly the same. the adjustment knob: same shape but the pazzo one is red on top, black middle, red bottom. hongkong ir all red (the knob is in 3 parts). but it doesn't show & looks good.

    apart from that the only difference is the color on the knob: seemingly the exact same pigment color as pazzo red but lighter (probably weak anodizing process, not enough powder in the bath, or a number of other factors). so in effect, the lighter red is sortof purple-fuschia-pink color...
    + there was already a litlle faded spot.

    but for 1/4 the price?!? hmmmm...

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    Default Re: For those who can't afford Pazzos, ASVs, or FP levers

    i use them, but colours fade in the sun drastically compared. bear that in mind when ordering. i have the gold ones, which after 1 yr now are not gold. lol
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    Just fitted my master cylinder kit tonight and refitted the eBay Pazzo's that I got. they work a treat, I found that I had to tighten the two pivot points but other than that they work well. If you get a set, make sure your master cylinders OK, as I found before the kit, on the maximum handspan setting you could get the lever to the bar. The kink in the lever accentuates the wear.... now I can just get to touch on the minimum setting. For $35 I can't complain!

    I got the blue ones, be interesting to see if they fade badly.

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    Default Re: For those who can't afford Pazzos, ASVs, or FP levers

    The red ones fade to pink.
    In a crash they lock the front brake on
    Left outside they get stiffer to move and need regular attention.

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    Default Re: For those who can't afford Pazzos, ASVs, or FP levers

    The black levers haven't faded to date. They've been on my blade for 1.5 years now and haven't had a single issue.

    I have also been using them on the clutch side of my SV650 race bike and they have crashed as well as any stock lever or Pazzo I have seen. (Brake side is an Accossato lever.)
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    Might have more to do with where you are Goth. Here, where it rarely rains and the bike doesn't get left outside I doubt that I'll have many problems. Might mitigate the fading as well....

    Still until I get all the mods finished it doesn.,t go outside, it'll look good forever!

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    Default Re: For those who can't afford Pazzos, ASVs, or FP levers

    Well you get what you pay for... The stuff from China is actually made with good aluminum and are not like the cheap stuff they used to make. That being said, you don't get the strict tolerances that the other legit manufactures have to deal with to sell their products in the states. Also, you have no warranty from China unlike the other brands and FP Racing even provides a lifetime limited warranty.

    Personally, I would never purchase any of these parts from China, it's part of the problem of trying to run a legit business here in the states. I'm not going to get into why the government even allows it but every sale takes money from a lot of hard working Americans.

    I have no problem spending a little more money to get something that I will probably only have to buy once, knowing that it is backed by a warranty and legal responsibility if something does go catastrophically wrong.
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    Default Re: For those who can't afford Pazzos, ASVs, or FP levers

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    Well you get what you pay for... The stuff from China is actually made with good aluminum and are not like the cheap stuff they used to make. That being said, you don't get the strict tolerances that the other legit manufactures have to deal with to sell their products in the states. Also, you have no warranty from China unlike the other brands and FP Racing even provides a lifetime limited warranty.

    Personally, I would never purchase any of these parts from China, it's part of the problem of trying to run a legit business here in the states. I'm not going to get into why the government even allows it but every sale takes money from a lot of hard working Americans.

    I have no problem spending a little more money to get something that I will probably only have to buy once, knowing that it is backed by a warranty and legal responsibility if something does go catastrophically wrong.
    i guess there is some thruth in that
    But nowadays every penny counts for me
    So i would also go for the cheapest

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    Quote Originally Posted by flogod231 View Post
    i guess there is some thruth in that
    But nowadays every penny counts for me
    So i would also go for the cheapest
    Well, in this case, we're talking levers, a BIG part of the braking system which is probably the single most important part keeping you safe. Personally, I would never risk using cheap alternatives as my life may depend on it. My buddy purchased a set of cheap aftermarket "cheap" carbon look levers once that actually locked up the front brakes while he was riding. Luckily, he was able to avoid any damage to himself or the bike and after further review found that very small part of the assembly was sticking out enough to case a full failure.

    Bikes are not alwasy a necessity, for most of us they are for recreational use. If I was watching my pennies and needing to replace a lever I would stick to stock. If I was looking to purchase the levers simple to better the look of my bike, I would wait until I could afford the lever that will work best and keep me safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Snowman View Post
    There is an alternative. Yes, they're made in China. Yes, they probably copied someone's design.

    But for under $50, they look and function the same and their quality appears to be quite good:

    eBay store here:
    http://myworld.ebay.com/ebaymotors/helmet_hk/

    Photos below.
    Just realized the eBay seller you bought them from is nolonger a member...
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    Default Re: For those who can't afford Pazzos, ASVs, or FP levers

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    Just realized the eBay seller you bought them from is nolonger a member...
    Where they have gone, there are several others that have come up since.

    Sad, but true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Snowman View Post
    Where they have gone, there are several others that have come up since.

    Sad, but true.
    Exactly, they sell until they're are too many problems, then move on to another name with no responsibility whatsoever.
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    Default Re: For those who can't afford Pazzos, ASVs, or FP levers

    Was looking at this thread then went across to Fleabay to leave some (positive) feedback on something I'd bought, and what should pop up on the 'Don't miss these related items' list? This ... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HONDA-CBR9...15249734666650 ....

    They look identical to the ones in the OP and they're from Hong Kong. Very tempted at £22.95 delivered.
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    I got a pair of these levers a week or two ago off of ebay, (the ones pictured in the first thread), so they should still be on ebay. And they are not cheap at all, well machined and work and feel good. I got mine in short and they are not much shorter than the grips, perfect

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