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Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Model: '81 GL1100 Interstate
As I understand this particular set once they are installed the shift pattern is reversed. They leave the oem shifter in place and intact, and shifting via the oem lever is normal, but shifting with the forward controls the patern is reversed.
I also notice in the pictures that there are no pegs or boards in place that allow use of the OEM shifter. Os essentially your shift pattern is reversed. Something that would take only a little while to get used to so not a big deal...if that's your only ride. however if you have more than one bike...going from one machine to the other could be a bit of a pain.
So here is my thinking; rotate the OEM lever 180° and attach the forward control to the OEM lever putting the shift point in front of the shift spindle instead of behind, thus reversing the pattern again in turn...the actual shift pattern would be correct i.e one down the rest up.
Is this correct or am I off?
I would like to do this in a way that would maintain the OEM shift lever though, which would simply be a matter of designing a "mount" that would essentially fit over the existing shift lever and use a longer bolt that goes all the way through the OEM lever (would require drilling out the threads on the OEM lever) with an arm that extended forward of the spindle to attach the forward shift arm.
The forward arm could be configured in such a way that a peg mounted to the crash bar would be the foot rest for the forward control. The forward brake arm would basically be the same as with this model...just and extension again a peg mounted to the crash bar for foot rest.
Everyone with me so far? Am I with me so far? Would this work..in theory anyway?
Now I use a heel two shifter with boards. My concern in that with the additional shift arm for the forward control would create excess weight to be moved when shifting, thus making the act of shifting a bit more difficult especially with the up shist. If using the OEM shift lever with pegs I imagine this could be a substantial difference, I'm also thinking though that additional leverage from the heel toe shifter may counter that?
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