Blackwing and Shifter Pivot


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Blackwing and Shifter Pivot

Post by RockportDave » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:18 pm



Just ordered the Blackwing fork stabilizer and the shifter stabilizer with the seal. Not having shift issues yet and no leak, but I believe in preventive maintenance and everyone on the forum.
Will be using the great How Toos to install these and I appreciate them all.
Will get some photos when I do install them, probably the end of the month when I can get back home.
Dave


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Re: Blackwing and Shifter Pivot

Post by Big Blue UK » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:28 pm

You will certainly notice the difference Dave.
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Re: Blackwing and Shifter Pivot

Post by RockportDave » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:35 pm

Looks as though I will get the parts by Friday and I’ll be home this weekend. Hope to get the parts on the bike Saturday.
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Re: Blackwing and Shifter Pivot

Post by RockportDave » Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:18 am

Got the Blackwing brace on. It was tight, but I was able to work it in. Got the axle bolt and pinch bolts torqued and took a test ride through the neighborhood. The handling difference is amazing. Front end feels stiff (in a good way) and very responsive. I have a limestone drive for about 50 feet that I had to maneuver carefully over the rocks before. Now it seems to track straight and over the rocks without trying to pull the handlebars out of my hands.
I’ll give it a good test tomorrow on the highway and in town.
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Re: Blackwing and Shifter Pivot

Post by Big Blue UK » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:51 am

RockportDave wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:18 am
Got the Blackwing brace on. The handling difference is amazing. Front end feels stiff (in a good way) and very responsive. I have a limestone drive for about 50 feet that I had to maneuver carefully over the rocks before. Now it seems to track straight and over the rocks
That was when I noticed an immediate difference, turning out the driveway, across the pavement onto the road, counter steering improvement also .
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Re: Blackwing and Shifter Pivot

Post by RockportDave » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:27 pm

Got the bike out on the highway and 75 mph feels good. We get a lot of 15-20 mph south winds here and it was more stable in the wind. Think I may have some fork binding. I checked it after I installed the brace and even loosened the axle and pinch bolts a second time to be sure it was set right(?). The forks go down and back up, but while riding the front shocks seem stiffer. Can’t tell if the shocks are traveling while riding. I’ll check it next time I’m off.
I didn’t get the shifter pivot on. Decided to change the brake and clutch fluids. I’ll start another thread for those with photos.
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Re: Blackwing and Shifter Pivot

Post by RockportDave » Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:07 pm

Put about 200 miles on the bike since installing the Blackwing. Forks were binding so I loosened the axle bolt and pinch bolts again and re-set everything. Doing good now. Developed a distinct rattle that went away when I hit the front brake. The rubber bushing on the lower antidive bracket was missing. I put a piece of clear vinyl tubing on it until I can order another. Works good.
Finally going to tackle the shifter pivot. Got it up on the jack and ready to start.
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Re: Blackwing and Shifter Pivot

Post by RockportDave » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:12 pm



Got the new seal and shifter pivot on and it shifts much better. The old seal wasn’t seated in the case all the way, was sticking out about 1/16”. It was leaking enough to have oily spots on the case.
I know some have had problems getting the shaft off the spline and mine didn’t just slide off. It would come off the spline enough to turn and I used a long screwdriver to pry it off. I pulled the shaft toward the rear of the bike and worked it with the screwdriver until it popped loose. No damage. Same to put it on, got it as close as I could and used the screwdriver to pry it back on.
Thanks to WingAdmin for the great how to’s on installing the pivot and seal.
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