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I put this on the 990 last fall and then promptly lost my key and didn't get a chance to really ride the bike off road much until just recently.  Not sure why it took me so long to try as I helped AltRider find some riders to test some early versions.  @556baller and I rode up a narrow and technical mountain road up to McIver's cabin recently and this is where I really noticed the DualControl brake system shine.

We were going up some very steep and tricky roads and then back down.  We had to be cautious of two way traffic and had passed a lot of other motorcycles, quads and razors so I was very much in "control" mode.  Having that rear brake lever essentially "right there" while on the pegs was of HUGE benefit to me at the time and the light went off.  Aha!  Yep, I get it now.

AltRider didn't necessarily invent this device, as BMW has had it on their GS Adventure bikes and HP2 model for quite some time.  I think Jimmy Lewis actually had a hand in the development of that feature while he was a BMW factory rider.  I think what AltRider's done here is essentially improve on that feature as well as democratize it to the masses who ride many other types of bikes (BMW, KTM, Husqvarna, Ducati, Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph).

The function behind this type of control feature is that stabbing down at your rear brake lever is not only awkward but can double your reaction time and stopping distance.  The OEM brake pedal just cannot be in the best position when you're both seated and then standing without this type of DualControl system.

So I'm going to say that I think this is a great accessory for anyone who rides a lot of off road conditions with their big bike and are in the standing position a lot.  If you're going to be doing skills courses like the GS Trophy or other types then it's a must-have.  Likewise, for the rider who does a lot of technical riding.

Pro's:

  • Better control in technical riding when standing
  • Increased reaction time, cutting stopping distance
  • Easy to install and comfortable to use

Con's

  • Cannot think of a single one honestly
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