Steamers suffer from floppy linkage syndrom (its their age)
it is the pivots in the linkage not the actual gear change shaft, to check just hold the body that is splied to the shaft and wiggle the lever.
the lever pivot has a bush that can be renewed but I think you need to change the ball joints as a set.
Those crappy aluminium gear levers are too soft! They wear if they get a bit loose and then don't bite the splines and flop about. I replaced the original with a shift lever - steel - off a Honda that I cut to the perfect length for my size 12 foot. No worries now!
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