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Gear lever length
« on: 18.05. 2018 16:17 »
Hello all,

I have a Tribsa with a BSA swinging arm gearbox. Because of the position of the footrests I find that the gear lever is a little too short for comfortable gear changes.  It is approx 4" long. Is this the standard length or are there different ones for different models. Another inch would make all the difference (as the actress said to the Bishop).
If there are no standard 5" ones then does anyone have an old bent, broken or whatever that I could extend instead of cutting and extended my good one. I cannot alter the position of the footrests.

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Re: Gear lever length
« Reply #1 on: 18.05. 2018 17:22 »
Hi, On 1960 GF original gear lever length 4".

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Re: Gear lever length
« Reply #2 on: 18.05. 2018 20:54 »
 The plunger/rigid ones are different length to the s/a levers. Still dark am outside but will look in an hour or so.
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Re: Gear lever length
« Reply #3 on: 19.05. 2018 00:09 »
G'day Keith, I'm back.
The plunger gear lever is 5" and has the same spline. I use one on my Cafe reversed for my rearset pegs.
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Re: Gear lever length
« Reply #4 on: 19.05. 2018 11:09 »
There you are Keith, Muskrat comes back with just the answer you want *smile*.

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Re: Gear lever length
« Reply #5 on: 20.05. 2018 09:12 »
Thanks Roger and Muskrat, it is indeed just what I wanted to hear. Just have to find one for sale now.

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Re: Gear lever length
« Reply #6 on: 20.05. 2018 09:38 »
G'day Keith.
Some places call it 6" but that is overall, it's 5" from ctr to ctr.
65-3417 http://www.tradeclassicbikes.co.uk/page11.htm
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Re: Gear lever length
« Reply #7 on: 22.05. 2018 21:16 »
Based on this thread, I have realized I have a 5" plunger gear lever on Swing Arm (1958 GF). A knowledgeable guy in our club once told me it was incorrect but it fits, and I just kept it.  I find it comfortable to use. So, what harm would anyone think this could cause?

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Re: Gear lever length
« Reply #8 on: 22.05. 2018 21:31 »
No harm at all S&J. You must have long feet!.
A 14mm ring spanner will fit the shaft in an emergency. Got me 100 miles to home.
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Re: Gear lever length
« Reply #9 on: 22.05. 2018 22:52 »
The early swinging arm Flashes had a longer gear lever than those fitted later.

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Re: Gear lever length
« Reply #10 on: 23.05. 2018 01:00 »

 
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