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excess gear lever movement

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:46 am
by RTichard Woolnough
I have mentioned this on another thread, the gear lever of my W/ng seems to me to have excessive movement when selecting upwards, and downwards for this matter but this is not the problem,I have to take my foot off the peg to lift the gear lever which results in a seized hip joint and bloody agony for a day or two, or maybe more!. The lever cannot be lowered on the splines because it then fouls the footrest. I have cut and shut shortened and lowered another a tad and it is a little better but has not cured the problem completely. My chum has a similar, if later box, and has suggested that the two selector springs are possibly weak, I think he called them 'bull springs' would this be correct?
I need to sort this out as it detracts from the pleasure of riding this old gal which in most other respects is enjoyable, views, comments and advice will be welcome. kind regards

Re: excess gear lever movement

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:08 am
by dave.owen
Until you fix it, change up using your heel,

Dave

Re: excess gear lever movement

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:31 am
by simon.holyfield
Can you measure the movement on the end of the lever, so we can compare?

Re: excess gear lever movement

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:30 am
by RTichard Woolnough
Makes no difference Dave, still effects my hip,
Simon will do when my hip lets me get down. kind regards

Re: excess gear lever movement

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:51 pm
by simon.holyfield
I'm away from home, I won't be back in the workshop for a few days.

Re: excess gear lever movement

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:10 pm
by johnwalsh
Why don't you remove the lever and reattach it lower down on the splines. I know it means you will need to press down further, but perhaps a little less painful.

Re: excess gear lever movement

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:39 pm
by johnnelson
What about a shorter gear lever ?

Re: excess gear lever movement

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:26 am
by RTichard Woolnough
If I lower the lever on the splines it is fouled by the foot rest , the W/ng peg mounting appears to different to the later frames, I have made this lever a tad shorter but yes I am thinking of reducing it more. kind regards

Re: excess gear lever movement

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:38 pm
by will_curry
Some measurements from my bikes:

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The gear lever stands about 9" above the ground with the bike on the stand.
Fully down it is 7" off the ground and fully up 12". The lever is 8" long centre to centre.

I found a shorter alloy lever to replace the 8" one and then had some difficulty with the change.
The gearbox seemed to need the extra leverage.

On a GB box with a five and a half inch long gear lever the lever moves down one and a half
and up two inches from rest.

Hope this helps.

Re: excess gear lever movement

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:21 pm
by roger.fellows
The geometry looks difficult, but could you improvise an arrangement pivoting on the footrest or a frame lug to provide a downwards heel movement from rear of the footrest and bearing upwards on the gear lever?