Ducati Performance Shows New Brake Lever Protection

Ducati Performance shows their new brake lever protection, an aftermarket add-on that can make a huge difference when a rider's luck happens to run out.
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The new part is available from Ducati dealers that also carry items from the Performance catalog. No mentions as to what models it will fit, but since the handlebars of (sport) motorcycles are not that much different, we can guess that they will be easy to install on most Ducati machines.

Ducati's new brake lever protection brings together functionality, design, and safety in a product that also enhances the aesthetic appeal of the bike. The add-on is adjustable in three different lengths and can be used with the stock Ducati brake controls, as well as with the Ducati Performance aftermarket ones, Borgo Panigale informs.

Special tooling was used on this aluminum part to create a design that is functional and aerodynamic, while being also eye-pleasing and easy to integrate with the bike's overall attire. The tip has an aerodynamic shape and comes with cut-outs in key areas to keep the weight down while retaining the structural integrity.

Brake lever guards are mandatory in most road racing series

Brake guards, in their many shapes and designs, are mandatory in most of the road racing series. Multiple riders have been injured and even killed in crashes that took place when two bikes touched and the (unprotected) brake lever of the motorcycle that rode behind was inadvertently pressed.

This can happen when a rider approaches fast from behind and clips the machine that is being passed, or when the bike from the rear fails to slow down in time and also collides with the one in front. Likewise, such unfortunate accidents can even happen when two bikes that ride abreast touch each other, with the rider on the left side being in danger.

These guards are also mandatory in MotoGP since 2011. Incidents have been recorded in the premier class, too, with Loris Capirossi, Randy de Puniet, Dani Pedrosa and Marco Melandri being involved in a massive crash in 2006 after Sete Gibernau's brake was triggered after colliding with Capirossi.

The list of riders involved in such accidents is too long to mention, anyway. FIM's statement from 2011 read, "Motorcycles must be equipped with brake lever protection, intended to protect the handlebar brake lever(s) from being accidentally activated in case of collision with another machine. Acceptable protection includes the fairing extending sufficiently to cover the brake lever, as viewed from the front.

"Such devices must be strong enough to function effectively and designed so that there is no risk for the rider to be injured or trapped by it, and it must not be considered a dangerous fitting (at the sole discretion of the Technical Director). In case the brake lever protection is attached to any part of the braking system (eg. brake master cylinder), then the brake system manufacturer must officially confirm in writing to the Technical Director that the device does not interfere with the proper brake operation,"
as cited by MCN.

No price was mentioned for the new Ducati Performance brake lever protection at the time of writing.
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