ASV Levers
Install and Review
 

I found myself circling my b-King again wondering "what next"? The bike is really getting that touch street fighter look specially sense I installed the Oberon bar end mirrors. As I made my way around the back and to the front it hit me. The Two Brothers M2 exhaust has gold power tips and a gold space all very visible. The tops of the fork dampening adjusters are gold or brass as well. So why not gold levers. Soon I was off in cyber land traveling all over the united states and Europe at the speed of light (almost) searching for the perfect lever set. As an ex-dirt bike rider the manufacturer ASV came to mind. They are a very high quality lever with a 5 year guaranteed that if you break them they will replace them. The also come with a very hefty price tag of $135 each. Once I decided that this was the  lever set for me I placed my order with Cycle Gear. One week later the levers were in my hands and I was setting up my camera gear. I normally wouldn't video tape lever install but this one has had it's issues out there in rider land. There have been many people who were not informed of an issue with the clutch switch tabs that ship with the levers. Apparently if you use the Suzuki tabs on the Suzuki B-king and I think Hayabusa as well, the end result is a err code displayed on the instrument panel and the engines ignition tries to cut out. Apparently the switch does not come into full contact with the tab and this becomes an issue. The B-King forum had several posts today alone. I contacted my nephew at Cycle Gear and he called the manufacturer and they told him to make sure the Kawasaki-Yamaha tabs are used. They are the largest of the tabs.

Armed with this information I felt a bit more confident. When I first read the complaints I was concerned to say the least. With camera and tripod in hand I went out to the garage. The levers were very nicely packaged and everything was present and accounted for. The installation was pretty straight forward. I disassembled the clutch lever first. Be careful not to lose the brass bushing that engages the  push rod as it is used with the new levers. The install of the clutch lever took about 15 minutes and allot of that was me messing with the video camera so all of you could see close-ups of the switch in question. Once the lever was in place I inserted the flat tip bolt and then the lock nut with about 5 ft lbs of torque.  I quickly moved on to the brake lever. On this side you have to install a new push rod which ASV provides. Also installed is a new bushing that makes contact with the brake push rod. On this side you install the Suzuki pad. This makes contact with the brake switch that turns on the brake light. Once the lever was in place I installed the mounting hardware and again tighten it up to about 5 ft lbs. of torque.

Once the levers were installed the next and very important step is to make sure the bike does not start in gear. I put the bike in gear with the ignition on and depressed the start button. As it should be, the bike did not start. Once I pulled in the clutch with the bike in neutral to life cam the mighty 1340cc beast.

Now it was time to put on my riding gear and take it out on the road for a test ride. I rode a block then pulled over and made a few minor adjustments. The levers felt great as I rode down the road back to my house. The install was a success and I did not encounter the problem that others have. 

Now the bad news!

As always I always revisit my posts after some miles of road test. In my opinion the ASV levers have failed the Road-Quest.com road test. Here is what went wrong.

The levers are a universal fit. The kit comes with clutch and brake switch tabs for several manufacturers. Although they looked great and appeared well built they were not designed for the Suzuki B-king. To get the optimal clutch adjustment and avoid a clunky transition from neutral to 1st gear, the lever position was insanely far from the grip. I have large hands and I had issues with this. There was about a 1/4 inch of play between the bushing and the clutch slave piston. There was no spring to take up this play. The laver basically can move back and fourth all the while moving the clutch switch in and out. This in turn, caused the bike to throw a FI error on the panel and the bike started cutting out, lunging and bucking. This occurred twice. One of which was in a turn at 40 mph. The product to me is a safety issue and I have removed the levers.

Follow up... I have been in touch with ASV Inventions and discussed the matter with Robert Morales. He was very helpful and it seems there has been some inaccurate communication from an employee to the public regarding whether the levers are for a B-king. As it turns out the clutch lever is not the proper fit for the B-king. The tab for the clutch switch is not a proper fit as well as the fit of the rest of the lever. It is recommended that if you have these levers on your B-king you should contact ASV at the email address or phone number below. Here is what ASV had to say.

"For the record- We do not make a B-King Clutch lever.

Our part Number BRC511 BRAKE LEVER does fit and work properly for the brake system, but the CRC545 CLUTCH LEVER which is made for other Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha model clutch applications does not properly fit the 2008-2009 Suzuki B-King.

If you or any of your forum members need any tech support from ASV Inventions, please contact the ASV tech support dept. at 1-877-278-7000 ext 123 or techsupport@asvinventions.com

Thank you,

Robert Morales,
ASV Inventions, Inc."

I'm all for giving ASV a fair chance to right things and have offered to evaluate a new B-king lever if they chose to build one. Robert accepted and will be shipping the new lever set to me as soon as it's ready. Check back in 25 days or so for updates. I will post information as I get it.

8-30-2009

Update: I broke any communications on this subject with ASV after being told by Robert Morales (owner ASV) that they were too busy fulfilling new orders for "paying customers" and didn't have time to ship me a set. So here is my opinion... ASV makes a good lever for most bikes. I have had a horrible experience with the owner and the service provided to me when engaging them to resolve a major flaw in their product (B-king Levers). Because of this I will not in good conscience send anyone in their direction and recommend other great options like Pazzo who has great customer service according to others in the B-king forum. While I was getting the run around and empty promises with ASV, Pazzo stepped up and made a lever for the B-king and they got it right the first time. 


 

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