GEARSHIFT - CREATION OF THE "SUZEBAKER"
The only thing left to do was replace the gearshift lever, which as you'll recall, snapped when I dropped the bike -
First thing to do is remove the busted item, which is pretty easy -
First, remove the circlip that holds the lever onto the frame -
I initially tried to prise it open with a screwdriver, but after gouging myself, I rang my brother (aka Mr. Kinchrome), and borrowed a set of circlip pliers (external) - circlip off in a jiffy.
Then loosed one or both of the nuts that attach the lever to the gearbox -
and remove the busted lever.
Then, admire your new Studebaker (I kid you not, that's who make this - even the logo looks the same)
drool over the folding tip -
and then marvel at the fact that a solid steel folding tip lever costs about $A55 delivered from the USA, while a Suzuki standard crap featherweight alloy item costs more than double from your local shop.
Fitting is the reverse of removing, remembering to clean and grease the mounting point. I found I had to get some pliers on the circlip, as I had streched it when removing (probably by using a screwdriver first, instead of the correct tool!), to bend it back. Then using the freewheel on the connector, move the gearshift to the best position.
I find that the new lever makes shifting more enjoyable - I think owing to the extra weight meaning less effort is initially required to get the job done.
Ready now for the next adventure!