V-STROM shift lever

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by 805gregg, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,626
    Location:
    Ojai, Ca
    Any other v-strom owners got the Touratech folding shift lever?I got one yesterday, at first I thought they sent me the wrong one, the stock lever is about a foot long with an adjustable arm that goes up to another lever on the trans shaft, the Touratech lever goes directly on the trans shaft, Why does Suzuki add all that other parts when aparently they are unnessary?
    #1
  2. catneck

    catneck Rabid Motorcyclist

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Oddometer:
    483
    Location:
    People's Republic of Ashland, Oregon
    Is your Strom a 1000? Touratech says it will not fit the 650...
    #2
  3. southforkspeedster

    southforkspeedster koolaidless

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,017
    Location:
    the dry side of Oregon
    <TABLE id=HB_Mail_Container height="100%" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0 UNSELECTABLE="on"><TBODY><TR height="100%" UNSELECTABLE="on" width="100%"><TD id=HB_Focus_Element vAlign=top width="100%" background="" height=250 UNSELECTABLE="off">I would love to see a pic, I guess I could go to the Touratech sight, but it is better to see it on a real ADVriders bike:rofl I have been looking for this option as well as a folding brake lever for the 1000.

    Thanks for the post, SFS
    </TD></TR><TR UNSELECTABLE="on" hb_tag="1"><TD style="FONT-SIZE: 1pt" height=1 UNSELECTABLE="on">
    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
    #3
  4. DaFoole

    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2004
    Oddometer:
    4,544
    Location:
    BFE, SW Oregon/SF BayO'rhea
    Desert Dave posted a pic a while back.
    #4
  5. southforkspeedster

    southforkspeedster koolaidless

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,017
    Location:
    the dry side of Oregon
    <TABLE id=HB_Mail_Container height="100%" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0 UNSELECTABLE="on"><TBODY><TR height="100%" UNSELECTABLE="on" width="100%"><TD id=HB_Focus_Element vAlign=top width="100%" background="" height=250 UNSELECTABLE="off">What thread?????</TD></TR><TR UNSELECTABLE="on" hb_tag="1"><TD style="FONT-SIZE: 1pt" height=1 UNSELECTABLE="on">
    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
    #5
  6. DaFoole

    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2004
    Oddometer:
    4,544
    Location:
    BFE, SW Oregon/SF BayO'rhea
    It pertained to the Touratech shifter...about 2 mos ago on this forum.. I remember because I PM'd him about it.
    #6
  7. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,900
    Location:
    Tracy, CA

    Hey, someone remembers my threads! :lol3


    Check this www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=103722 . I was looking for a shift lever for different reasons, and the Touratech worked out good.

    The only advantage I see in the linkage is that its infinately adjustable within it's usable range. The Touratech model you have to pick a spline on the shaft.
    #7
  8. southforkspeedster

    southforkspeedster koolaidless

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,017
    Location:
    the dry side of Oregon
    <TABLE id=HB_Mail_Container height="100%" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0 UNSELECTABLE="on"><TBODY><TR height="100%" UNSELECTABLE="on" width="100%"><TD id=HB_Focus_Element vAlign=top width="100%" background="" height=250 UNSELECTABLE="off">We remember all of your threads:lol3 Thanks for the reply, I am going that way to check it out, see ya later:lol3 </TD></TR><TR UNSELECTABLE="on" hb_tag="1"><TD style="FONT-SIZE: 1pt" height=1 UNSELECTABLE="on">
    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
    #8
  9. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2003
    Oddometer:
    10,602
    Location:
    Bellingham, WA
    Those linkages (incidentally called "johnson rods"--really) are commonly used to change the ratios between the shift drum indexing and foot movement, typically providing extra foot leverage. They can also change the arc of the shift lever - most riders like the feel of having the footpeg and shift lever axis co-located. Finally, sometimes the designers need the linkages to do a reversal of direction between the shift drum and the gear shift lever.

    But If the direct approach gives acceptable shifting feel, then direct is usually better.

    - Mark
    #9
  10. mcnorlander

    mcnorlander n00b

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2005
    Oddometer:
    4
    Location:
    New Hampshire
    The Touratech lever installs in a moment, once you swing all that complicated OEM linkage out of the way and into the spares bin.

    Shifting is definitely crisper.

    The Touratech is approximately half as wide as the stock item which may cause you to hunt for it with your toe the first few miles, but pays the dividend of keeping your boot off of the shifter quite naturally.
    #10
  11. mcnorlander

    mcnorlander n00b

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2005
    Oddometer:
    4
    Location:
    New Hampshire
    The Touratech lever installs in a moment, once you swing all that complicated OEM linkage out of the way and into the spares bin.

    Shifting is definitely crisper.

    The Touratech is approximately half as wide as the stock item which may cause you to hunt for it with your toe the first few miles, but pays the dividend of keeping your boot off of the shifter quite naturally.
    #11
  12. axelwik

    axelwik Yep

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2008
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Albuquerque
    A lever attached directly to the shaft of the 650 will reverse the direction of shifting (the reason for all that linkage on the Wee). If you attach it that way it would be one up - five down... don't think I'd like that.:huh
    #12
  13. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,842
    Location:
    northern Arkansas
    Old british iron riders would figure it out (but would quit shifting after 4th).
    Jim
    #13
  14. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,048
    Location:
    Evanston IL
    Nah! They'd be rowing the brake pedal.
    #14
  15. bowzer

    bowzer Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    81
    Location:
    Chicago
    I have the JMS lever on my 1000 and it's the same pattern. But I've heard the 650 will be reversed.
    #15
  16. WestRider

    WestRider Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2006
    Oddometer:
    787
    Location:
    Back in Idaho!!!
    about the same functional length though isn't it? I'm trying to find an extended folding shifter....with my big feet, I'm shifting with the inside of my instep unless I move my foot way back....that's a pain. Has anyone found an extended length shifter?

    I've heard that the DR shifters will fit...anyone know if that's true?
    #16
  17. Rabbit_Fighter

    Rabbit_Fighter Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    131
    Location:
    Seattle, WA (Wedgwood)
    vstroma.com is now selling a folding lever.

    I wish they were selling them back when I replaced my first broken one. I broke the replacement within a few 100 miles, and drilled it out with a bolt (not paying $$ for something that I know I will just break).

    Maybe I should work on the not falling down bit.
    #17
  18. Ironballs

    Ironballs Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    20
    Dr 650 shifter will fit. I cut mine down in lenght (custom fit) then welded it back together. :rofl
    #18
  19. bowzer

    bowzer Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    81
    Location:
    Chicago
    Yup, it's true. I have the JMS lever for the DR on my DL1000. It's 6" long center to center and bolts right to the splined shaft. I have a 13 foot and it works great. On the 1000 you retain normal shift pattern.
    #19
  20. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

    Joined:
    May 29, 2002
    Oddometer:
    21,830
    Location:
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    http://www.vstroma.com/FldgFootShiftLever.htm
    #20