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post #1 of 22 Old 08-24-2014, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Gear Shift Relocation - Big Feet Needed

I could use a couple of beta testers for my new gear shift relocation kit.

Requirements for free beta test kits:

Large shoe size and currently having trouble shifting
Have already installed the Adventuretech foot peg and control lowering kit
at least average mechanical skills
some motivation and willingness to install and test parts promptly

I could use five testers, one each with...
Vee1,
Wee up to 2007,
Wee 2008 to 2011,
Glee,
and Vee2.

A later version will be available (if needed) for people that do not need a "foot peg and control lowering kit." I'm guessing that most people that would need the gear shift relocation would benefit from the peg and control lowering, but I'll respond to requests.

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post #2 of 22 Old 08-25-2014, 09:14 AM
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Size 15s and an 07 Wee here, with yer brackets already installed. :mrgreen:

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02 Vee. Your lowering kit is in the mail (due this week).

Size 15 in my Sidi riding boots, but the real target is fitting my size 16 Tech7's on the bike.

Was going to order my touratech lever but they are on backorder so I am stuck with the stock lever for now.

Are you going to look at a folding tip on your lever (eventually or first proto?).

Glad to help. If you can fit size 16 tech7s and handle down to a size 12/13 you should have something pretty amazing to offer.

It seems to me that a two part design with holes to allow for length adjustment is the simplest effective trick. The other issue is clearing the engine on up shifting if you attach to the splined post off the engine.

Even three parts, which folding tip, midshaft extension, and splined base section......you can sell whatever parts are the most appropriate for the rider (no folding tip, or with folding tip, longer and shorter extension kits, kits with a center piece with an angle in it, etc.) And for trail riders.....if you crash and twist it up, make the extension the part that fails....easy to carry a backup part on the bike, repair on the fly and keep riding......they should make the brake lever the same way (by the way....why doesn't anyone make brake pedals??? is it liability issues?).

Those stock linkages have so much slop in them!!! I was doing some slow hill climb (on paved goat trails) the other day in mostly 2nd gear and the linkage and slop got me in trouble a few times when I had to go to first and back....ended up in neutral a few times (when I needed torque!). Vee's in general have too large a movement from 1st to 2nd IMO, too easy to select neutral. I suspect that linkage doesn't help and with big boots you won't feel the slight click on that upshift anyway.

FYI, I am a mechanical engineer, structural reliability and simulations is my trade. Would be glad to help you out/consult....no cost for trading thoughts....home grown businesses have to be supported.

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Maz,

Thanks for the kind offer. I appreciate the spirit in which is was made.

Everyone,

These problems are enormous and seemingly unsolvable until someone spends the time necessary to come up with a solution so simple it seems anyone could have done it. Efforts like this will die unless the community enforces some kind of ethic to promote innovation.

The kit will relocate the shifter 1.75" forward re-using the stock hardware on most models. For those with larger shoes and trouble shifting, think of it as locating your existing shifter where you would have wanted it in the first place.

Rick

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Rick... K2 Vee here...and size 15 EEE would be more than happy to beta test.

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So we have an 07 Wee and a Gen 1 Vee (Enumclaw) +1 back up if needed (millwright98).

Still looking for a 2008 to 2011 DL650, a 2012 or newer DL650, and a V2.
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I've got size 13 feet and a 2010 650 if that combination works? I'd be happy to test.
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Oh and I should mention I have your peg lowering kit as well.
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Been making slow progress over the last four days. I'm almost there.

Oddly enough, just as the foot peg and control lowering kit benefits people with even average sized legs (my 30" inseam for instance), this mod feels good with my size 10 feet.

Still a little work to be done.


Edit,

Just went for a ride. Feels really good.

Second edit. Pictures deleted to prevent further theft.

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I have made multiple versions and have come up with a working design. An instruction video has been made. Four prototypes are going to riders that have volunteered to test the prototype.

For anyone following this thread, I just saw a duplicated copy of our mirror extender design. Not just any extenders, copies of our design including the farkle extensions.
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