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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 03-20-2008, 06:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Right hand shifter conversion?

Greetings from Finland !

I was in an accident in -99, hurt my left foot/leg and it resulted in loss of "tibialis anterior".... the muscle in front of my lower leg.... and at that time a limp left foot. After further surgery a tendon transplant (peronius longus) has enabled me to lift my foot again - but with greatly reduced movement and strength. This results in having to shift up by raising my whole leg.... not very convenient even on the Scrambler not to mention any sports bike.

Has anyone swapped the rear brake and the gearshift levers on these machines? Shouldn't be too difficult.... there's free line of sight along the axis of the brake lever pivot - so that line could be used for a shaft across to the other side.

A new left side peg holder shoud be manufactured to accommondate the brake pedal and the master cylinder.

And yes, my left triceps surae is intact, so braking would be not problem

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Old 03-20-2008, 07:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This has been accomplished on Norton Commando's. I have seen several threads on Jerry Doe's Norton Commando Forum. It should be similar and some of the members might have an idea. FWIW.
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Old 03-20-2008, 01:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Contact Bill Gately at Bonneville Performance. All of his GNC Race Bikes are right hand shift.
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shifting technique

tapani posted;"This results in having to shift up by raising my whole leg.... not very convenient even on the Scrambler not to mention any sports bike."

As a teenager, I rode with a boy who shifted his dirt bike by lifting his leg. I realised why he shifted that way when we went swiming one day. His leg was amputated just below the knee in a car accident about ten years before I met him, and his prosthetic had very limited ankle/foot movement. Sure didn't bother him, I chased that guy all over the hills on my dirt bike.

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Old 03-20-2008, 08:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I feel for you, & know about amputees. A friend had a Jeep/ stick & I didnt even know till 8-9 mo later? 2 options - Mount the shift lever in a more UP position to make lifting it easier?
Or mount an ecectric shift kit? #2 cost some bucks. The higher shift is free? Good luck & "ride on"!
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I saw a website with bike modifications for amputees. You might look there, if you can find it. Here is another idea. Make or modify your shifter into a heel and toe shifter. Down shift with your toe and upshift with your heel. That would probably work well and be pretty easy to accomplish, either by adding on to the back of your present shifter or modifying one from a heel and toe bike.
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:37 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Guys,

Thanks for your responses, ideas and support !

I adjusted the shifter lever two splines down and now I can almost do it ! Haven't tried it with my riding boots on yet, but with rubber boots it almost works.... I need to excercise the small muscle to extend the range of movement and also strength !

Ride on !

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