I got the Bafang DPC-18 display for my Tour Easy specifically to put the control buttons on the handgrip, rather than the buttons on the left of the 500C display on Mary’s bike:
The first pass put them on the left handgrip, just behind the thumb throttle:
This turned out to be a catastrophically bad position, because the “buttons” extend all the way to the edge of the mount and trigger when pressed a fraction of a millimeter: the dark line visible under the light gray top is the entire range of motion.
My resting hand position on the grip put the edge of my gloved index finger along the buttons, where it would inexorably nudge the
+ button until I was riding in assist level 9 (“
Rocket Sled“) mode.
One ride was enough to convince me those buttons needed a Mollyguard:
It is, of course, a laser-cut piece of 1.5 mil black acrylic, held in place with hot-melt glue. Because the button housing isn’t mounted symmetrically on the handlebar, I cut a few paper templates before getting the position and size right.
A view from the front shows the lip sticking up over the buttons:
FWIW, the asymmetric mount put the buttons on the rider’s side of the flat handlebars found on contemporary upright city-rider style bikes. It makes perfect sense in that context, but didn’t help me in the least.
With the Mollyguard in place, I rotated the whole button assembly around the handgrip to allow pushing the buttons with my thumb in its natural position.
Now the assist level changes only when I want it to!