Gear shifter fell off - make sure it's tight
FYI – When commuting to work today, I started to down shift to stop and low and behold, my gear shifter fell off! It remained dangling on the bike with the brake light adjuster. When I pulled over to investigate, I found that the bolt portion that attaches to the foot peg bracket had come lose and fell off. I was able to get it back on and re-tighten.
I just wanted to give everyone a heads up to make sure that this bolt is checked for tightness, so that this unpleasant event does not happen to you. I’m putting this bolt tightening routine into my maintenance procedures. You don't “see” the bolt when looking straight at the shifter because it is on the backside of the shifter. You have to literally get underneath the bike to see the thin both that allows you to tighten the threads. A wrench thin enough to fit between the foot peg bracket and the shifter is required. I still have to tighten mine when I get home, because the tool kit wrench is to fat, and does not allow you to tighten completely. I tightened as far as I could with the wrench, but then had to use the cheap pliers that came with the kit because the nose on them was thin enough to get the bolt hand tight.
There was no warning signs, as the bike was shifting fine before it happened. Bike is a lovely blue DL1000K5 (fastest color, when shifter is attached!)
Lencho - Blue DL1000K5
A former Motocrosser living in a middle aged, creaking body