How to install the GL1500 shifter brace


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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by peppilepew » Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:07 pm



I will be working on a variant for the Valkyrie when time and workload allows. I need a loaner bike to do so. It will need r+d plus testing. The valkyrie has to have an aesthetically pleasing appearance since it will be exposed. It will cost more because of that.



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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:11 am

paladin wrote:Will this fit on a GL1500 Valkyrie? I have a sloppy shifter and a leaking seal so this would be the time to do this if I am replacing the seal anyway. Also where do I get it. It is no longer on Cyclemax?
It won't fit unmodified, but the attachment points are there, so it could be modified to fit.

Apparently Cliff (the designer) is working with a Valkyrie owner right now to design a modified version specifically for the Valkyrie, last I heard (about a month ago) it was in the works. I don't know how that is proceeding, but I know he was working on it.

Cyclemax is currently out of stock of them, which is why you don't see them on the site.

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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by urbanmadness » Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:51 am

This is one of the things I want to do to my bike.... I bought it with 105k on it, and anything I can do to get more miles and better miles out of the bike. Although, if it does does have a catastrophic failure, it could be the nudge I need for an 1800 LOL (although I'm sure my wife won't see it that way)

I thought I'd seen them as recently as this week on their site.

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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by peppilepew » Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:36 am

urbanmadness wrote:This is one of the things I want to do to my bike.... I bought it with 105k on it, and anything I can do to get more miles and better miles out of the bike. Although, if it does does have a catastrophic failure, it could be the nudge I need for an 1800 LOL (although I'm sure my wife won't see it that way)

I thought I'd seen them as recently as this week on their site.
sorry, for the 1500 model only.

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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by urbanmadness » Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:19 pm

I have a 1500. The profile pic is my old bike.

Do you do the milling yourself or do you have a machine shop do them?

I'd love some one to make bullet brackets for wind wings. (The part that mounts on the lexon) or bullet floor boards.... of course I bet they would be pricey.

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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by paladin » Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:11 pm

peppilepew wrote:
urbanmadness wrote:This is one of the things I want to do to my bike.... I bought it with 105k on it, and anything I can do to get more miles and better miles out of the bike. Although, if it does does have a catastrophic failure, it could be the nudge I need for an 1800 LOL (although I'm sure my wife won't see it that way)

I thought I'd seen them as recently as this week on their site.

sorry, for the 1500 model only.
Have you made progress on the Valkyrie derivative yet? I saw some action on the Valkyrie forum

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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by peppilepew » Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:36 pm

paladin wrote:
peppilepew wrote:
urbanmadness wrote:This is one of the things I want to do to my bike.... I bought it with 105k on it, and anything I can do to get more miles and better miles out of the bike. Although, if it does does have a catastrophic failure, it could be the nudge I need for an 1800 LOL (although I'm sure my wife won't see it that way)

I thought I'd seen them as recently as this week on their site.

sorry, for the 1500 model only.
Have you made progress on the Valkyrie derivative yet? I saw some action on the Valkyrie forum
I was promised a bike that never materialized. Honestly with the new building acquisition and the planned downsizing of our home getting this done has been impossible. Pushing 60 with little free time. The Valkyrie is going to be a little more of a challenge. For the time being my new shop owns me. I have been thinking about different ways to get this done. The ratio of 1500 wings to Valkyries coupled with the differences in Valkyrie models will require more than one bike and more than one expensive solution. I enjoy challenges or I wouldn't be in the transmission business. LOL. About 1k pivots have been sold covering about in my estimation >1% of the existing wings on the road. There may be as fewer than 20k Valkyres out there. If the percentage of sales holds constant then you do the math. R+D and manufacturing cost will make this impractical to bring to market. I however will make a valid attempt when the conditions allow. Time and energy must be placed where it will do the most good.

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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by paladin » Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:54 pm

That is just about the best answer I have ever read on a forum. Thank you. I know some solutions have been posted but none are as elegant and well designed.

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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by donpauli » Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:25 pm

This "accessory" in my opinion is an absolute needed purchase. I rode for about 6 months before I got around to putting it on and that was nuts. Shifts are precise now not vague at all. This guy was a genius taking the time to figure this out and it's a reasonable enough price it simply makes no sense to cobble something together. I really hope he recovers his costs and makes a little something

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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by OldBill388 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:48 am

Hi,
I meant to post this last year when I fitted a shifter brace to my 1994 SE. It had 96k miles on it at that stage (now 103k miles). This accessory is miraculous! I had a gear shift lever that was waving all over the place and the oil seal leaked oil at an alarming rate coating the underside of the bike. I replaced the oil seal and fitted the shift brace myself without the aid of a lift (I'm not a mechanic though I'm not too bad at basic stuff!) and whilst getting the inner lever off was difficult(about 1mm too little clearance (soggy engine mounts?)) fitting the oil seal was simplicity itself. The shift brace fitted exactly as intended with no adjustment needed. The lower fairing adaptation was easy using a Dremel tool to cut away a section.
The improvement in gear shifting was better than expected and has required no further attention to date.
My first trip using this device after checking that all was installed correctly was to ride from my place in the UK to Costa Blanca, Spain....about 1500 miles with no issues of a my kind.
The shifter brace was delivered to my home in about 7 days.
All in all very pleased.
Thanks for making it available and for such a precision made item. It makes life very easy.

Cheers.
Oldbill388

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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by peppilepew » Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:39 pm

Thanks for the kind words. Most have been very happy.

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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by peppilepew » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:55 am

I'm asking for some help from those that have recently purchased this pivot. It seems that there is a pirate once again. Would a few people that have purchased this from someone else, other than me, be so kind to send a pic of the part, or, directions. I am pretty sure who is behind it. I want to verify before I approach them.

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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by Stew » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:53 pm

I've recently acquired my dad's low mileage 1500 and in my first thread DenverWinger had asked if it had a shifter brace on it. Now that I've taken care of some other items and verified there is no brace, I will be ordering the real genuine brace from you peppilepew. With only 19,000 or so miles on it the shift shaft looks nice and dry and still pretty tight and I'd like it to stay that way for years to come! Thanks for the great product :)

Edit: Just purchased direct from your website, can't wait!
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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by peppilepew » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:25 am

Thanks, I have the order on my screen. Enjoy that wing, I sometimes miss my 1500 on trips. I love the 1500's comfort, and storage. I will get it out today.

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Re: How to install the GL1500 shifter brace

Post by garywyoung » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:10 pm

Just to chime in, I installed the shifter brace today on my ‘90 1500SE. With just 54k miles, the shifter and the seal were still fine; installing the brace, which was easy and quick, ensures my shifter and seal stay fine.



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