Hand Shifter?


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Hand Shifter?

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Has anyone ever tried to put a hand shifter on a goldwing? My wife has very bad ankles from playing sports and couldn't Shift with her foot.


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The only problem I see right off the bat is that the shifter would have to be on the left side of the bike, which is the same side as the clutch lever... Not enough hands to do both?!


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Re: Hand Shifter?

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The hand book for my old MZ 250 lists under accessories, a hand gear change modification available for riders with an artificial leg. Men with artificial legs were much more commonplace in the years after the war. Unfortunately, I cannot find a picture or further information about such a device. In any case, the MZ is a very simply machine with lots of open space between the left and right side of the frame. Perhaps she should consider a "twist and go" scooter such as the Burgman?
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do they still make air shifters, sounds like what she needs
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Many years ago, I saw a magazine article about a guy who modified his bike to shift by hand because he was a paraplegic.
As I recall, he hooked up a servo motor to the shift lever. It was activated by a micro
switch on the clutch lever. Pull in the clutch lever and the bike would shift up.
A toggle switch next to the clutch lever reversed the action.
When the toggle switch was down, pulling the lever would shift it down.
If the toggle switch was up, pulling the lever would shift it up.
Maybe you could come up with something similar.
Good luck with the project.
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Re: Hand Shifter?

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Which wing model???
Electric or hand/Suicide shifter????
You didn't say.

Depending on which wing Pingel makes kits for electric shifters.
If you don't have a 1500 or 1800 then contact Rix at SoCal Trike Center as he makes kits for a different electric shifter.

http://wingstuff.com/products/32873-eas ... 500-gl1800
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Sorry it is for a 87 1200 interstate.
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How about a heel/toe shifter. I can see how she may not be able to lift the shifter with bad ankles, but can she step on a shifter?
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Maybe what do they look like?
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I don't have a picture and being at work tonight I can't find and post one, but, they are a double ended shifter. You step on the rear part to shift up and step on the front part to shift down.

If you google "GL1200 Heel Toe Shifter" you will find some images.
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Cool I will show her
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Re: Hand Shifter?

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I tried that on a smaller Honda a long time ago. 1st problem I had was the clutch lever. SO,, I switched the clutch and front brake levers. It made using the throttle and clutch together a bit awkward, but doable. The next issue was flex in the gear shift lever. I used 3/8" steel rod and it flexed a lot making it hard to find the right gear. Maybe if I had made the lever strong enough to be solid and mounted the gear shift lever to the clutch lever I could have clutched and shifted with the same hand.


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