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post #1 of 10 Old Jun 15th, 2015, 4:36 pm Thread Starter
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Hey all;

Just a very friendly reminder. Check those little shifter link joints. I was doing a look around checking various stuff. And decided to check those. Well 2 were loose. Its on this website, and if they break you are walking home.
Again just a nice reminder so you are not sitting on the side of the road thinking about checking those little widgets. Takes 20 minutes and a 8 mm wrench.

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post #2 of 10 Old Jun 15th, 2015, 7:54 pm
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Re: shifter link

I serviced mine (cleaned and lubed) before a cross country trip last year, but the shifter ball attached to the arm coming from the transmission vibrated apart in Indianapolis. Cost me an additional night in a hotel on a Sunday and several hours fixing it in the parking lot, after I bought a pair of long nose pliers. I had spare shifter parts with me and loctite, just in case, but it was still awkward trying to work on the bike on the side stand, since I couldn't get it into neutral to use the electric center stand, as a big storm approached. Moral of the story - also check to make sure the stuff you didn't take apart is snug too...

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Re: shifter link

I check mine at least twice a year. You can always reach under the bike & put it in third gear to ride somewhere.

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Mine was loose on my first ride out this year but I didn't know about this issue yet. It got so bad, I was almost unable to shift at all. It was a slight issue as I pulled out but became much worse when I was 25 miles from home and I thought i had a trans issue with it not shifting. I returned home with several 4 letter words as I struggled to find gears and I was really glad to find that the pivot bolt had just become so loose and would not move the linkage far enough to shift gears. I give my shifter a good wiggle now to test the slack before I head out so I know if I need to tighten it up again. No locktite yet but if it comes loose again, I may consider it. I think it has a self locking nut but that obviously may not be enough.

A good reminder as the season progresses.

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I clean and lube mine at least once a year. Don't have any problems.
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I check mine at least twice a year. You can always reach under the bike & put it in third gear to ride somewhere.
Mine was stuck in first getting off the highway in Indianapolis and I left it in gear until I found a place to stay for the night. The only way I could have changed gears was to take the footpeg plate off - I don't have strong, looonnng, skinny fingers, impervious to hot exhaust systems... I've done the shift into third gear trick years ago on my old Suzuki outside of Colorado Springs when the shifter fell off completely on a windy road - that wouldn't work this time - different bike, different circumstances.

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Re: shifter link

Me a month ago:

I'm all packed up and ready to leave Williams, AZ, after visiting the Grand Canyon, and this happened:




I keep the old one as a spare with me on the bike, so I just had to replace the bottom link. Thank god the new and old are interchangeable.

BTW:

I forgot to locktight the bottom ball, so by Tulsa, OK it came loose:




Honestly, the biggest problem is adjusting it so it sits, just right for the up/down shifts.


Already ordered a replacement shifter linkage.


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Hey all;

Just a very friendly reminder. Check those little shifter link joints. I was doing a look around checking various stuff. And decided to check those. Well 2 were loose. Its on this website, and if they break you are walking home.
Again just a nice reminder so you are not sitting on the side of the road thinking about checking those little widgets. Takes 20 minutes and a 8 mm wrench.

Zeke
I have been lucky. I first checked my 07 a couple of years ago during the 28K service (yes, I was a few K late due to a trip). It was in good shape. Nothing loose and even the original grease wasn't completely dry. I regreased and it has been fine up to the current 49K point.

Then again, I never owned a Harley so I am pretty gentle with my shifts. I cringe when I see how some people shift. You'd think they were shifting a Mack truck.

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I broke mine few years ago and had to improvise a quick fix, quick fix that is still working today. The only thing I have done since the fix is to check and lube it on a periodic basis. Here was the post
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/k1200lt/...yesterday.html

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