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Longer shift lever?

Is there a longer length shift lever which fits the '15 V650?

When wearing boots it can be difficult to get my toes under the shift lever. Even when adjusted higher it is awkward. A longer length shift lever would solve the problem.
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Being I have a size 13 I run into this on a lot of bikes-what I did with the Versys and other bikes is to raise the shift lever about 9mm up so that it sits on your instep instead of trying for the toes and I duct tape a piece of black hose 3mm thick half way up on the bottom of the shifter this makes the shifter 6mm wider and 6mm higher than stock-works great you can really feel the preload and you only have to move your foot half as much- no more clunk

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Being I have a size 13 I run into this on a lot of bikes-what I did with the Versys and other bikes is to raise the shift lever about 9mm up so that it sits on your instep instead of trying for the toes and I duct tape a piece of black hose 3mm thick half way up on the bottom of the shifter this makes the shifter 6mm wider and 6mm higher than stock-works great you can really feel the preload and you only have to move your foot half as much- no more clunk
As in the title, seems ridicules, but I run into this all the time, a photo really helps, the second reason is I wear size 12 and am interested too!
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Not sure if you mean longer in length from where attached to engine, or longer as it the stub of metal that you actually put your boot under. I had similar problem. I got some pipe ( 3/8 inch inside diameter I think) whatever size slides snugly over the rubber piece on the stub. I cut it to about 1.5 times the length of that stub and slipped it over. Then duct taped it in place. It helped quite a big. Of course I also turned the adjuster on the shaft with two nuts on it to put that stub up higher. I have a picture of it in another thread somewhere here on the forum, but can't find it right now. Will try later.

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My picture of my extension is in this thread. Also some other ideas there that might help.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...r-3rd-gen.html

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I'm looking for it to be further from the foot peg, not stick out further left from the side of the bike.

I've tried raising it, which does work somewhat at east while seated. However that puts it too high when standing on the pegs, which doubles the problem because it is those rides when I am wearing my heavier off-road boots. Also, if adjusted too high it doesn't shift from 1st to 2nd gear.

When wearing normal street riding boots the lever is just fine per factory adjustment specs.

For reference, BMW shift levers are longer by about an inch.
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As in the title, seems ridicules, but I run into this all the time, a photo really helps, the second reason is I wear size 12 and am interested too!
I'm not set up to do pictures-but I think I can explain better-I used 3/4" heater car hose which is 1/8" thick- cut a piece 1&1/2" long- slit it in half and duct taped one of the half's to the bottom of the shift lever rubber all to make the end of the lever larger-than raised the lever so that it sits on my instep-as I said it works great-very short action

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