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Gear Lever


Bill Thomas

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Yes it's my Ex L/ning, I love the long indicator, If you have a sticky clutch, You just reach down and put it in neutral, Which I do all the time now even on a bike with a standard indicator, The fact that I am tall ish makes it easy anyway.
Funny my first Twin I bought in 1965 had a long one, But in steel, And the weight made it over run gear changes,
This one I made out of a sheet of Alloy, And did the taper by hand.
I love making stuff in alloy, It's easy and you can polish it on the buffing wheel, Looks better than new and it won't go rusty !.
 

Dave61

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Yes it's my Ex L/ning, I love the long indicator, If you have a sticky clutch, You just reach down and put it in neutral, Which I do all the time now even on a bike with a standard indicator, The fact that I am tall ish makes it easy anyway.
Funny my first Twin I bought in 1965 had a long one, But in steel, And the weight made it over run gear changes,
This one I made out of a sheet of Alloy, And did the taper by hand.
I love making stuff in alloy, It's easy and you can polish it on the buffing wheel, Looks better than new and it won't go rusty !.
There's a lot of satisfaction making stuff from scratch but I don't think I'm in the same league as you Bill, but I have a go, I'm pretty good on the polishing machine though, Alloy & Stainless come up pretty good.
Cheers
Dave
 

Dave61

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That looks interesting Tim, though I have visions of me being tied to a post & then shot for going a step too far, what with my Multi Plate Clutch, Disc Brakes, Walkernator & Modified Steering Stem :)
Cheers
Dave
 

bmetcalf

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Here is my bike's gear lever from above. I may have to get some weld on my footrest to get it swung forward a bit. I did that for my K/S footrest to keep my boot from sliding off.Gear Lever.jpg
 

Dave61

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Here is my bike's gear lever from above. I may have to get some weld on my footrest to get it swung forward a bit. I did that for my K/S footrest to keep my boot from sliding off.View attachment 31063
Thanks for the photo Bruce, these are really helpful.
My Footrest was sitting like yours so I did what Bill suggested & put a grub screw in the peg to push it forward.
Problem on mine is when it's pushed forward it's no longer horizontal.
Going to have a play this weekend & think I can get it useable.
Cheers
Dave
 

Bill Thomas

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If I had a bad foot, I would weld up a new steel gear lever to fit me, With a rocking action ?,
I think that's what they call it, Where you have 2 foot pedals, One in front and one behind,
So you push down what ever you want, I think they had them on small Italian bikes and some 50cc Jap' bikes in the 60s.
But if you twist yours clockwise it should go horizontal, Then it's a matter of getting the gear pedal right for you, But try it with your riding boots ?.
 

Dave61

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If I had a bad foot, I would weld up a new steel gear lever to fit me, With a rocking action ?,
I think that's what they call it, Where you have 2 foot pedals, One in front and one behind,
So you push down what ever you want, I think they had them on small Italian bikes and some 50cc Jap' bikes in the 60s.
But if you twist yours clockwise it should go horizontal, Then it's a matter of getting the gear pedal right for you, But try it with your riding boots ?.
Another good idea for me to think about Bill.
With all the advice & photos I think I've got a pretty good chance of getting a reasonable set up with what I've already got.
Proof will be in the pudding when I actually give it a spin up the road.
I've ordered a early type set up from Mike Breeding just in case I want to go down a completely different route.
Cheers
Dave
 

vibrac

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If/when Dave fits a Grosset starter he won't need a valve lifter.;)
Now that in my opinion is a bad mistake. To press that red button without operating the valve lifter for the first few seconds is to play Russian Roulette with the sprag clutch.
 

stu spalding

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The main reason for using the valve lifter with a LiFe battery driving the starter motor is that it allows the battery to "wake up". They don't like delivering full power straight off, not sure why. Cheers, Stu.
 

Dave61

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Now that in my opinion is a bad mistake. To press that red button without operating the valve lifter for the first few seconds is to play Russian Roulette with the sprag clutch.
I`ve got a Suzuki GS1000E & they are prone to breaking the Starter Clutch.
The simple mod they suggest is to alter the kill switch to allow it to turn over with the ignition off so that you can get the motor cranking & then flick the kill switch on to avoid any chance of a backfire.
Cheers
Dave
 

Dave61

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I`ve removed the spacer I`d put on the hanger shaft & refitted the standard gearlever foot piece & seem to have got it all in a reasonable position where I can work the gears ok.
Still think the Hanger isn`t the best part I`ve ever bought as you can see from one of the photos that although I`ve got the footrests nice & parallel the front rest isn`t horizontal.
I can live with it but have got the earlier set up complete with new hanger coming to me so can always give that a try.
Thanks for all the advice & encouragement.
Cheers
DaveIMG_20191214_141044.jpgIMG_20191214_140746.jpgIMG_20191214_140955.jpg
 

Bill Thomas

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I can see what you mean in your last photo Dave, I wonder if the taper is on the piss,
It didn't look right in one of the photos, Maybe get it cherry red and give it a tweak ?
 

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