Experienced a new issue on my V, actually one I've never experienced on a bike. Forgive my length, but I couldn't find this on the forums, so I want to describe my situaltion in full. DISCLAIMER - my pre-ride checks consist of tires, chain, and electronics (including lights). I am mechanically UNinclined.
I'm riding to my tennis league (yeah, I'm one of those dudes with a backpack with a racquet sticking out of it), and my shifts are weird. I kept hitting neutral on my 1st to 2nd shifts. Not uncommon, but a little strange.
Then on my way home, I can't shift above 3rd gear. I'm thinking I may have to ride home in 3rd, cause I don't know what the freak is going on. My lever was loose, but I don't have the foot proprioception of a monkey (like Harley riders - JUST KIDDING), so I'm not sure what's happening. I pull up to a stop light at a busy intersection, AND I HAVE NO FREAKING SHIFT LEVER! I'm trying to gear down and nothing's there.
Thankfully, there was no one in the right turn lane, so I push my bike up the sidewalk and into a parking lot under the closest light. My shift lever is hanging there. It had come undone as the screws separated and was literally hanging by a thread.
I contemplated calling the wife to come pick me up and just put the bike in the back of the truck the tomorrow. THEN, I invoked all I've learned from this forum, and thought, "Dude, you're in tennis duds, on a cool bike, getting down and greasy. DO NOT have your lady pick you up!"
Anyway, I realized the thinga-ma-jiggy that connects the shift lever to the other thinga-ma-jiggy had come unscrewed. (You dudes mechanically inclined will know what I'm talking about.) It's a long metal piece that screws in to your footing/boot on one side and connects to the mechanism that actually changes your gears (If I get requests, I'll try to take a picture of it.)
Bottomline, I was able to get it back together and ride home. Safe to ride another day.
**My question: Are those threads set with Loctite or is that something that you need to check regularly? I can see how they would come unscrewed with vibration, but I don't recall that being something you should check regularly in the manual. [For those that don't know, it's a bolt that has threads and screws on both ends connecting the frame-end of the shift lever to that other thing. I'll be giving classes on it next week.]
It was a great learning experience, but I think it could have been worse. Plus, my wife thought the grease on my hands was from sneaking around with that amazonion mechanic instead of playing tennis. If y'all can verify my problem and tell me how to fix it or if I need to check it regularly, that would be much appreciated.
I'm a bad tennis player, but I don't usually come home with dark brown fingers! My wife actually just used it as another reason why I shouldn't ride motorcycles. Danged women!
"The Shift Lever Affair" saga!