This ^^^it's hard to describe ,but it takes a special technique to use those with out breaking them. using 2 fingers 1 on either side of the post and a thumb pushing back on the front.
I recall the 1st time @dobrostang let me in his car to do an inspection ,he mentioned something to the effect of being relieved I knew how to release the Parking brake without it breaking
Exactly right. My repro handle is over 30 years old because I do this. Maybe some day I'll swap it for a nice black billet handle.it's hard to describe ,but it takes a special technique to use those with out breaking them. using 2 fingers 1 on either side of the post and a thumb pushing back on the front.
Give yourself plenty of distance to stop and down shift ( I had automatic at time).I can tell you that the edges on the broken handle are very sharp. It's lucky I didn't cut the crap out of myself. I always take good care and maintain my brakes. I swap out the fluid every two years and I even lather up the exterior of the MC with gear oil to keep it looking pretty and free of rust.
As far as trying to grab the rod along with the handle I keep my emergency brake adjusted so there's absolutely no slack, it's the handle or nothing. Maybe I'll try loosening it up a little bit.
Putting your foot on the brake while you pull it is good advice. I do that when I park it in my driveway which has a slope to it. Living in south Louisiana there is absolutely no hills so you really don't get a chance to use it for what it is made for. I have always wanted to give it a good pull while I'm rolling down the road just to see what would happen.