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Re: Factory Shift Pedal Re-Design
- Subject: Re: Factory Shift Pedal Re-Design
- From: "Paul Wilson" <paulwilson@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 14:52:57 -0400
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From: Paul Wilson <paulwilson@xxxxxxxxx>
To: ST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx <ST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2000 9:22 PM
Subject: Factory Shift Pedal Re-Design
>I don't recall having read a post on this exact issue but then again, I may
>have been dozing off . . .
>Whilst attending Americade a couple of weeks back (great event, lousy
>weather this year; it rained 7 of the 9 days I was on the road), I had
>shifter linkage rod snap in two while performing a downshift. Fortunately,
>I was only about 50 miles out of Lake George at the time and I was stuck in
>third gear, so I was able to limp back to the rally site without too much
>difficulty or punishment to the bike.
>The next morning, I headed straight for the Triumph demo trailer where
>Randy, a very helpful fellow I had met the previous day when test riding
>TT600, examined my broken linkage rod, disappeared for a moment into the
>huge Triumph trailer, and emerged with a new-design shift pedal. He stated
>that Triumph had had problems with the aluminum shift linkage rod breaking,
>had gone to a steel rod as a fix, but that these, too, had continued to
>break. As a result, Triumph had redesigned the shift pedal to eliminate
>linkage entirely, and this is what I now held in my hand. I thanked him
>profusely, dug a 10mm wrench from my tool kit and, in less than one minute,
>had the new shift pedal installed on my ST.
>The new pedal bolts directly onto the quadrant shaft and this one part
>replaces the three of the original linkage. What this does, of course (in
>addition to eliminating the possibility of any future linkage rod
>is remove all of the free-play that existed in the original 3-piece linkage
>The transformation was amazing! Previously, like most other low mileage
>owners (my ST had just 2,000 Km on the clock at the time), I had been
>experiencing some difficulty in shifting gears, especially upshifting
>between first and second and second and third. This, I attributed to it
>being a new bike and wasn't overly concerned. However, as soon as I
>installed the new shift pedal, my shifting problems immediately
>I also noted that it was a lot easier to find neutral when rolling to a
>stop. So, in my case, at least, my less-than-precise shifting difficulties
>seemed to be more a result of the freeplay introduced through the original
>shifter linkage rather than being simply symptomatic of a low-mileage bike.
>Given the dramatic change I experienced, perhaps others of you with
>recalcitrant transmissions may want to consider this modification. I'm a
>big believer in simplicity of design and any time you can replace three
>parts with one is a good thing, in my books.
>The Triumph part number is: Pedal, Gearchange, Assembly T2080373
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