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post #1 of 14 Old 10-13-2013, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Having a Great ride, when...

Sunny here in the Pacific NW, 65 degrees and I'm running Skyline Blvd and having a blast. I go to down shift from 3rd to 2nd and there's nothing there. I mean my toe just drops into thin air. I look down and the shift pedal and linkage are dragging / flapping around under the bike.

Looks like the post that held the the shift lever into the rear set just backed out (the thread path is clear, no broken off pieces in the rear set)? It swung around and scuffed up the stator cover (now I know where those mysterious scuffs came from, this has happened to this bike before I owned it) WTF? I just checked and lubed this last weekend?

Had the wife bring me a box of leftover old / used bolts and washers, my sockets, pliers and cable ties (just in case) and limped her home Macgyver style. It even ran through the gears just fine with a rusty old bolt and cable ties holding it together (Macgyver would be proud!)



Anyone else had this happen???
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Ah, you must have missed the infamous "just lost the shifter!" threads.

Loctite is your friend. The vibrations on that side of the bike cause it to come loose. Osiris actually lost his on the freeway and had to limp home in 6th gear.

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Ah, you must have missed the infamous "just lost the shifter!" threads.

Loctite is your friend. The vibrations on that side of the bike cause it to come loose. Osiris actually lost his on the freeway and had to limp home in 6th gear.
A 6th gear hobble home sounds awful.
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loctite'd mine a while back. probably not fun to run without a shifter.

I do from time to time ride without a clutch as practice... usually the 1.5 mile ride home from jersey mikes sub's with a soda in my clutch hand.

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Ah, you must have missed the infamous "just lost the shifter!" threads.

Loctite is your friend. The vibrations on that side of the bike cause it to come loose. Osiris actually lost his on the freeway and had to limp home in 6th gear.
I did miss that thread!

OK, so I'm not alone here!

I never thought of taking it out and adding locktite. I guess I figured it was OK as it was stock. Any other stock areas that needing locktite (besides the bar end I lost at the Ridge?? )

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A 6th gear hobble home sounds awful.
I was ready to shift it by hand to 2nd and get home that way if I had to. A 6th hobble would suck!

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My shifter pivot bolt backed out and disappeared on my ride home from buying my (otherwise in-top-condition) 919. Ended up doing the last five miles by reaching down to the transmission and shifting with my hand. I made up some bushings at work, and converted the mount to a through-bolt with a lock nut.

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I was ready to shift it by hand to 2nd and get home that way if I had to. A 6th hobble would suck!
3rd is easier, if you ever get stuck in that predicament again .


Uh, check the clutch perch bolt, the one that has a nylon nut on the bottom - sometimes it likes to come loose, as we know from Andrew's experience at the last track day.

A little loctite just on that nut helps. Sometimes the bolts on the bar ends. Anything where you can feel a lot of vibration.

And I grew up watching MacGyver! I seriously attribute my jack-of-all trades attitude to that guy!

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Happened to me years ago while 2000 miles from home. My ride partner behind me got me to stop right away. I walked back on the highway about a quarter mile and found it. Believe it or not.
The only other bolt that is known to back out is the clutch pivot bolt.

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3rd is easier, if you ever get stuck in that predicament again .


Uh, check the clutch perch bolt, the one that has a nylon nut on the bottom - sometimes it likes to come loose, as we know from Andrew's experience at the last track day.

A little loctite just on that nut helps. Sometimes the bolts on the bar ends. Anything where you can feel a lot of vibration.

And I grew up watching MacGyver! I seriously attribute my jack-of-all trades attitude to that guy!

I knew you were another child of the 80's Google!

Me too! And learning from my dad and the circle of "old guys" I know. Duct tape, bailing wire, cable ties, steel wool and locltite have been life savers! There's always a way to patch it together and get it home.

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Thanks for the tips guys.

Is the "clutch pivot bolt" the one on the top of the clutch housing?

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Not a great pic, but it's the one the red arrow is pointing to:

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Look for the nut attached to the bottom of it. If you take it out, grease the pivot portion, as it tends to dry out from rain and can get gummy. Just don't get loctite on that part ;-)

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Not a great pic, but it's the one the red arrow is pointing to:

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Look for the nut attached to the bottom of it. If you take it out, grease the pivot portion, as it tends to dry out from rain and can get gummy. Just don't get loctite on that part ;-)
OK, thanks Google!

I have already gone after this one. It gets wiggly pretty quick!

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...Just remember, BLUE loctite is your friend.
RED loctite is your friend FOREVER!

Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!

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