Took a spill...now using vice grips as gear shift lever. Shop quoted $94 for replace!
Last week, I took a spill on my 2008 V Strom 650 and luckily had crash bars, so only a little damage to the body. But, I picked up my bike to discover the gear shift lever had broken off. Fortunately, I had some vice grips and honestly they work just fine for the past few rides, but am hesitant to take it on anymore sketchy roads until I get it fixed.
Went by my local parts store and they quoted me $94 for a replacement! Best I could find on eBay was $75 from a seller with horrible feedback! I did some searches and it brought me to this lovely forum where people found the part for $26. Unfortunately, the listing was 1.5 yrs old and the eBay listing is no longer available.
I'm also considering an aftermarket lever with a foldable shifter so it won't break as easy if it ever happens again, but I'm concerned it won't work as well. It would be great to hear from those who have driven with both the stock and foldable and let me know which they prefer. Also, any links to reasonably priced levers would be much appreciated! Thanks!