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    Right V Left?

    To expand one knowledge I guess, I love vintage /an cafe racers an the passion an ideas that goes with it,
    So anyone please shed some light on “why is it ,that the set up on motorcycles has evolved, as what we use today”
    Hence ,brakes /throttle r/h/s
    Clutch/shifter l/h/s.
    Cheers Mick.

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    I'm guessing that given the majority of people are right-handed (commoners ) and the throttle/brake requires coordination/sustained use, the RHS seemed logical and the pairing of throttle/brake is also logical. To change them up on for different bikes seems silly. Pick a convention and stick to it. People can't remember what side their fuel cap is on so changing controls on bikes wouldn't work.
    Of course I could be completely wrong but that's what my logical brain says.

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    Why are the majority of single pipes on the right side?

    I can go round left bends better than right, perhaps they acknowledge this?

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    The sidestand is on the left as that is the side you traditionally mount a horse, sometime to the late 60's early 70's they standardized controls why some older bikes have the gear and rear brake on opposite side with reverse shift pattern. Most likely evolved from racing and ease of production.

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    Old pommy iron had gears on the righ and brake on the left. I'm just glad they did away with hand change gear levers....brought about by WWI dispatch riders removing the linkage and bending the selector rod to enable quick changes without taking a hand off the bars....esp while trying to avoid bomb craters. It was taken up by racing riders later on.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gareth_oau View Post
    Why are the majority of single pipes on the right side?

    I can go round left bends better than right, perhaps they acknowledge this?
    Well the exhaust is usually routed opposite to the final drive. Some euro bikes with the chain/belt/shaft on the right have the exhaust on the left (BMW F800, some ktm's etc)
    When the only tool you have is a hammer, every thing starts to look like a nail
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