Shorty levers are great for riders who like to use 2 or 3 fingers to activate their brake and clutch levers on their motorcycle. In this post, we will show you how to install some inexpensive shorty levers on a 2018 MT 07.
Now there is no need to speed hundreds of dollars on some name brand shorty levers. I got the black MT07 CNC short levers from Amazon. They come in a range of colors but I think black looks best.
Tools Needed to Install your Clutch and Brake Short Levers.
- 10mm socket and ratchet.
- Longnose pliers.
- Lithium Grease or another lubricant.
- Rags to clean of Yamahas dirty grey grease.
Start by removing the 10mm lock nut underneath the stock MT07 brake and clutch lever. On the clutch, the hinge pin will pull out easily. On the brake lever, you will have to unscrew it anticlockwise to remove the pin.
Front Brake Lever Replacement
The stock disc brake front lever is very easy to replace. Once the pin is out you can remove the lever by pulling it out sideways.
Make sure before you install your new MT 07 shorty levers that you lubricate all of the hinge points. This will make it smooth to operate and reduce wear.
Push the front right lever on, making sure that the hydraulic brake plunger is sitting in the recess. I like to put some grease in this hole as well. Insert the pivot pin and lubricate.
This pin needs to be screwed in tight and then apply the locking nut. Be sure to test the operation before everything if fully tightened. It sounds confusing but it really is easy. There is a video further down in the article.
Clutch Lever Replacement
The clutch lever on the MT07 is slightly different to replace as it has a cable that needs to be removed. Now you don’t need to loosen off any cable slack to replace it.
Undo the lock nut and push out the pivot pin. Now slide out the lever and turn it so it faces the front of the motorcycle as shown in the picture.
Use the long nose pliers to pull out the cable and remove the clutch lever. Be sure not to lose the metal shim that is in the pivot point of the clutch lever. We will reuse this part.
Now grease up off the moving part and reinstall the new clutch short lever in the reverse.
Tighten of all the pivot points and check for smooth operation.
FXCNC MT 07 Shorty Levers Review
I have been using these for a few months now and I can honestly say they are a cheap but high-quality set of short levers. They are made with T6061-T6 Aluminum via CNC machine cutting.
Both levers have an adjustable 6 positions lever adjustment. This way you can get the perfect angle and distance for your fingers.
I mainly use gloves for my riding and so far I haven’t seen any noticeable wear on the anodizing color. The adjustment switch is easy to operate and feels tight and secure.
Now to see if the new shorty levers were a good fit, I wobbled the stock levers up and down slightly. There may have been 1 or 2mm wobble in each. Once the new short levers were installed I tried to wobble each one and I believe they were around the same or slightly less. So, in my opinion, they are a tight precision fit. Not bad for motorbike levers on a budget.
I find I now have a better grip on my handlebars when operating the brake lever with two fingers. If you are new to riding you should start to practice operating your levers with 2 or 3 fingers to strengthen your hands.
I love the look of these new short levers and they are adding to the upgrades done on my Yamaha MT 07.
Benefits of Shorty Levers?
The main reason I like the short MT 07 clutch and brake levers is that I usually only use two or three fingers to operate them.
This gives me a better grip on the throttle and handlebars. The levers are around 25mm (1 inch) shorter than stock so they are slightly lighter. Plus they look way cool.
You can also get the levers that pivot inwards like if you drop your motorcycle but I’m not a big fan of these. It provides another pivot point so you can get a slight wobble in the levers.
If you have any questions just let me know in the comments below and I will get back to you.