Every rider has different preferences for their motorcycle controls – if you believe that one of our products is correct for you then I would recommend that you go with this. If you are unsure, or interested, these are my thoughts and my personal preferences for our hand brake range.
Bitumen, supermotard and adventure riding?
I would go for the Clake 2, and this also applies if you like to heavily drag the rear brake under power as this is the advantage the Clake Two offers. If you regularly use two fingers on the lever I would also consider the Clake Two for all applications.
Enduro, trail riding or trials?
I would go for the Clake Pro Lever as this allows use of just one finger on the lever and still achieve the desired control over both the clutch and rear brake. For some riders, the Pro Lever can take longer to get used to, and it is more important to tune it correctly (having said this, tuning a Clake Two for a two stoke is very easy due to almost no engine braking). But once you are used to it, a correctly tuned Pro Lever becomes absolutely second nature to use.
What about the Dual Control?
This allows you retain your rear brake pedal when fitting the Clake One, Clake Two and Clake Pro Lever. There are no disadvantages to having Dual Control (apart from the extra cost!) so generally I would recommend opting for this as it will make the transition to using a hand brake easier. Personally I don’t have dual control on any of my bikes – a Gas Gas trials bike with a Pro Lever, a KTM motar with a Clake Two, and a Beta RR300 with a Pro Lever. At any rate the Dual Control system can be easily disconnected, allowing you to remove the rear brake pedal and master cylinder. You can also purchase a cover plate if you want to remove the Clake Dual Control slave cylinder. Conversely, a there is a kit available to convert a hand-only unit to Dual Control.
What about the Clake SLR?
The Clake Two and Pro Lever offer a lighter clutch action and far more tune ability than the SLR, but are also considerably more expensive. The SLR is a very good economical way of achieving both clutch and rear brake control on the bars, but personally if I wanted Dual Control (e.g. swapping between hand and foot operated rear brake) I would advise spending more for a Clake Two or Pro Lever – they have a much better dual control system. If I had a bike with a Brembo master cylinder and an auto-clutch, and also didn’t want to retain the brake pedal, I would seriously look at the SLR. In this case it is almost as good as the other Clakes but considerably cheaper.
The power and the feel at the lever is improved on the SLR if you don’t have the Dual Control due to the direct line to the caliper. If this is your aim then I would also recommend the high pressure line which gives a slight improvement over the standard line – I’d guess 10% which can help at the end of a hard days riding. Both are high quality stainless steel braided teflon lines and worth it in my opinion. High pressure lines are standard on the Clake One, Two and Pro Lever.
If I was on a tight budget, I would buy whichever SLR suited my needs. This may not be the ultimate setup but I think all the SLR set ups are a big improvement on what else is available at this price and having a hand-operated rear brake is so good! See the chart below which compares all the technical details of each Clake product.
Hope this is helpful!