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I can't reach the turn signal while holding the clutch in - I'm 5' 1", so the Rebel is one of the few bikes I can essentially flat-foot, but the levers and switch positions are really far away! I added adjustable levers, but my thumbs are just too tiny : (

Any advice besides the joy of using hand signals all the time?
 

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I have this problem too! 5'5" here with small hands (it's not like most women have large lobster-crushing mitts, come on Honda)!

I'm also annoyed they switched the horn and turn signal positions. When I'm out on my Honda scooter I've been honking at people cause I was so used to the horn being on the bottom. #sigh
 

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I have this problem too! 5'5" here with small hands (it's not like most women have large lobster-crushing mitts, come on Honda)!

I'm also annoyed they switched the horn and turn signal positions. When I'm out on my Honda scooter I've been honking at people cause I was so used to the horn being on the bottom. #sigh
hahaha I do the same on my honda scooter. Anytime I switch, I make that mistake at least a few times the first few minutes.

Regarding the turn signals though, I'm only 5'9" and it doesn't give me much of a problem. Maybe I got used to it without thinking about it, but I just sort of shift my hand over while the clutch is pulled to reach the indicator. I don't think I'd reach if I left my hand exactly where it is when I pull the clutch though.
 

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I think bionic hands will get cheaper, maybe by then we will be able to control all hand functions with our minds ;)
True, true. But still a little far into the future perhaps? There is some decent options out there already, but still, would not chop off my hand any time soon yet...
 

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Depending on if, or how much, you may have rotated your handlebars, you may be also have pushed the turn signal even further away from your thumb. These switches use a locator nub that fits in a hole in the handlebar so you can't just loosen and spin. I wound up drilling another hole in the handlebar so I could rotate the turn signal assembly closer up to where my thumb actually is.
 

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As a first time bike owner, I definitely had this issue.
I combat it by trying to predict my turn angles and physically moving my left hand little bit inward.
I think it's actually a good thing as it makes me focus on the ride.
 

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Apparently my hands must be abnormally large, haven't had this problem :)
Same here. Not too sure if I actually ever use the idicator while holding the clutch thou? It's all on auto for me, I do things without even thinking about it, but I've never come across a situation with this and thought "what an inconvenience"
 

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Ok, I am at a loss here. I consider my hands pretty small. I can litterally reach the switch with the middle knuckle on my thumb. I feel if you guys cannot reach it then you are probably over gripping using the clutch. I use the levers with basically the tips of my fingers. In fact I just went to test this and I can easily reach the signal even if i moved my hand all the way to the end of the grip.
How small are the hands of the people having this issue?
 

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Ok, I am at a loss here. I consider my hands pretty small. I can litterally reach the switch with the middle knuckle on my thumb. I feel if you guys cannot reach it then you are probably over gripping using the clutch. I use the levers with basically the tips of my fingers. In fact I just went to test this and I can easily reach the signal even if i moved my hand all the way to the end of the grip.
How small are the hands of the people having this issue?
Agreed! this thread had me intrigued so I went out and tested pulling in the clutch and thumbing the signals, there was plenty of room to do so without stretching my thumb. Maybe you guys are gripping the handles too much toward the ends and just need to shuffle them a bit closer?

I wear a size L glove though, so maybe some of you really do have tiny hands :|
 
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