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Pazzo levers. Easier pull or looks only??

I have been seriously considering purchasing Pazzo or similar levers but need some feedback from others that have them.
I know the quality and looks are very good but do they actually improve the ease of shifting at all? The reason I ask is that lately my left hand and thumb have been giving me a problem with aches and pains ( I think probably a bit of arthritis) making it quite painful for using the clutch.
I think it may help if I could adjust the lever for a shorter pull or maybe the leverage on a quality lever would make it easier?
I definitely cannot stop riding my V it is way too much fun and I don't mind spending a couple hundred bucks on levers if it is not just for cosmetics.
Any feedback would be appreciated to help me decide.

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The standard levers can be adjusted for a shorter pull, can't they?
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The standard levers can be adjusted for a shorter pull, can't they?
What he said!!! Adjust the reach of the clutch lever for a shorter reach and pull!

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Grease the clutch cable, maybe even reroute it to reduce friction. You can also shift up (from 3rd to 4th etc) without the clutch: apply pressure on the gear lever while accelerating, close the throttle _quickly_, and you're done.

Also, don't idle in 1st gear, use neutral instead.

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The standard levers can be adjusted for a shorter pull, can't they?
I have tried the adjustments but don't notice a big difference.
Maybe I have short fingers.

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Grease the clutch cable, maybe even reroute it to reduce friction.
Check the routing of the clutch cable. I purchased a bar riser from Speedy and installed it on my 2011 Versys. When finished I could not turn my handlebars from lock to lock. I then checked the cable routing on 3 other 2011 Versys and found 3 different routes of cable routing. I then checked the Service Manual cable routing diagram and found that mine was installed incorrectly from the factory/dealer. I then rerouted it properly.
Photo #1 clutch cable routing as delivered, Photo #2 correct cable routing
I now have a smoother operating clutch cable and lots of slack available for bar raising if necessary.
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The main tension on the clutch cable is from the lever spring on the body. The lever act to pull the lever. You have about 5 setting on the Clutch lever so try one at a time and you may find the sweat spot that might suit you. Changing lever doest not alter the tension on main clutch lever.-IMHO.

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I own the Pazzo controls. I purchased them after breaking a clutch lever. The only real benefit of them over stock is:

1. You can pick whatever color you want.

2. They are slightly lighter and stronger than the stock controls. (I believe they are machined aluminum billet rather than cast aluminum pop metal)

3. You can order shorty versions which are harder to break than the standard.

The only difference in pull is that you have 6 settings for adjustments rather than 5. Other than that, they seem to pull exactly the same. I found that greasing my cable with a cable luber and chainwax certain helped lower the amount of effort needed to pull the clutch in. I'm sure some would disagree, but I seriously do not trust the chinese levers off of ebay. I don't know why, other than that old saying: "you get what you pay for".

I like my Pazzo's but I don't they they are worth it, unless you broke a lever on the rather expensive stock controls.

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I initially had Chinese shorties on my bike. However, within months the black finish wore off and they became an ugly gray color. I have since replaced them Pazzo's and after a year they still look great.
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