thrumming your fingers on the brake lever

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jacdac

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Lebanese
For example, let’s assume you are dribbling along in stop-and-go traffic in line with the cars. After thrumming your fingers on the brake lever for five minutes, traffic finally starts to move out, you roll on the gas, and then the brake lights come on again.
Source: Proficient Motocycling by David Hough

Does thrum in this context tap your fingers on the lever to a certain tune in your mind?

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    Think of "thrumming" as "lightly drumming." And the "brake lever" as the "brake lever." :)

    The brake lever operates the brakes and it's generally located near the right handgrip. (The lever on the left handgrip is usually the clutch lever.)

    In motion, your hand wraps around the handgrips. To brake or clutch, you open your hand and grabs the brake or clutch lever with your fingers. If you're not moving and not braking, you can drum your fingers (in impatience, annoyance, or just something to do) while you're writing for traffic to move.

    Here is a photo of the clutch lever, but the brake lever on the other hand looks the same.

    For reference:
    Left grip: Just a handgrip, plus a clutch lever.
    Right grip: A handgrip which is also the throttle, plus a brake lever.
    Left brake: Usually a foot pedal on the left side.
     
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