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post #1 of 12 Old 06-02-2008, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Broke down today!!

I had to get towed home today!

I went out to meet my Dad at ThrottleWorx and then ride to Highlands High school. On the way to the school my shifter felt kinda mushy when I shifted into first. I always step on it twice to be sure I am in first. When I went to shift into second I could barely get my foot under the shifter. We got to the school and we found that my shifter was almost broken in half at the weld.

I had to call my hubby to come and get me. When we got the bike home I went to put in in first and plink, there went the shifter!! Hubby had to weld it back together, so now I am good to go.

I am going to order another one to carry as a spare!!!! I will ad it to my spare clutch cable!!!
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-02-2008, 09:44 PM
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Don't order another OEM one, get a good aftermarket shifter. The factory shifters are bad for doing what yours did today. Of course now that it is welded, you will probably not need another unless you dump the bike or hit something on that side and break it.

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post #3 of 12 Old 06-02-2008, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tip, I will go to bikebandit and see what they have! Unless there is a better place to look for one?

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post #4 of 12 Old 06-02-2008, 10:35 PM
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www.arrowheadmotorsports
www.klr650.com
www.tpimotorcycleparts.com
http://www.whitehorsepress.com/produ...oducts_id=4592
www.dual-star.com
These are a few great KLR aftermarket stores.

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post #5 of 12 Old 06-02-2008, 10:36 PM
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Mine just cracked Saturday. Not sure when or where, but I went to shift and could not find the lever all of a sudden because it had bent way down somehow. I managed to limp home in fourth. I ordered the happy trails shift lever because I like them and their products. I saw a lot of compliments about the dual star one, but way too many complaints about their crappy customer service and constant lies about when a product is going to be available or shipped. Some people wait months without getting their orders. NO THANKS!
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-02-2008, 11:27 PM
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I haven't had problems with dual-star's shifter and I like it best for the design. It is the only lever with the extra oval side plate that helps it from not bending into the side cover. I have read about the poor email response or service from them but I personally never ran into a problem and I have ordered from just about most of the klr vendors.

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post #7 of 12 Old 06-02-2008, 11:42 PM
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Dual star is not the only one with the protective plate. Happy Trails also has it.


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post #8 of 12 Old 06-03-2008, 12:09 AM
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Thanks for the correction, I seem to always put my foot in my mouth

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post #9 of 12 Old 06-03-2008, 12:22 AM
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Not a problem man, you brought up a valid point about the protective plate. I skipped right over several other models because they didn't have it.

Another thing to note is that I came across a site that really doesn't recommend these tougher shift levers. They were saying that all energy of a crash will now transfer to the gears and do more damage then if the shift lever just took the hit and broke. They recommend using the weaker one and carry a spare. I couldn't find a replacement stock one online anywhere.

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I had to get towed home today!

I went out to meet my Dad at ThrottleWorx and then ride to Highlands High school. On the way to the school my shifter felt kinda mushy when I shifted into first. I always step on it twice to be sure I am in first. When I went to shift into second I could barely get my foot under the shifter. We got to the school and we found that my shifter was almost broken in half at the weld.

I had to call my hubby to come and get me. When we got the bike home I went to put in in first and plink, there went the shifter!! Hubby had to weld it back together, so now I am good to go.

I am going to order another one to carry as a spare!!!! I will ad it to my spare clutch cable!!!
Same thing happened to me - but I got home before it broke!

I went with the Dual Star shifter...nice piece of gear.

I am going hydraulic on the clutch - wears out my wrist/forearm in Camp Lejeune Traffic.

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