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Replace shifter?

Im finding the Forma Adventure boots to be too thick for my shifter. We moved it to the higher setting and that was a train wreck as well. Has anyone done an aftermarket longer shifter? If so, brand?
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https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...r-3rd-gen.html

There is a thread on this sometime back- attached above.

You can always DIY to desired length if you have a friendly welder nearby.
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try moose racing forged shifters :https://www.revzilla.com/dirt-bike/m...ever?rrec=true

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Too bad this sw-motech only fits the V1000



You might want to try some India motorcycle aftermarket accessories. The Versys 650 is popular there, and they have a lot of 3rd party accessories.

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My view changed on this.
I was concerned about up shifting.
Turns out emergency downshifting is happening far more often while standing and the current shorter length reduces the need to move on peg.
So, careful what you wish for.

I still wish it would fold... didn't get to that mod yet.

Last tip: dont forget to lube the shifter, it does wear and jam if forgotten. Chain lube seems to penetrate enough left and right of the lever body. Some people simply added a grease nipple.
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Yes, the V650 needs a longer shifter. One that folds so it doesn't mangle when the bike is dropped would also be nice.

I have the same Forma boots. What I've found is raising the shift lever somewhat but not all the way up does help. On my 2015 V650 it starts to miss shifts if adjusted too high. Something interferes with it. Standing is a different foot angle than sitting, too. So everything is a compromise. My suggestion is to fiddle with the height until you can find the right compromise.

If you have a platform style foot peg it will make the problem worse.I have Pivot Pegz which provide a wider platform but they pivot which actually makes the distance to the lever feel longer.

After a long detour around parts diagrams this morning, it is interesting to note the V650 pushes forward on the connector rod when down shifting, where the V1000 pulls rearward on the rod when down shifting. So the shaft into the transmission is rotating in opposite directions. I find that a surprising difference in mechanical design of the transmissions.

It may be possible to reverse the attachment to the shift shaft to make the V1000 lever work on a V650.
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I also have little problem with shifting, my foot is 14 US size. I use Timberland for now, because I can't find boots (which I wish) in my number to try them in shops.
Also I was looking into that lever. And wish to buy from wrecked V650 third generation, for little money, and than try to make longer lever.

Cut lever in 2 piece, add extra part between and connect them with screws, and add Metal Epoxy for extra strength on connection points. Or maybe weld that parts.
if is lever 1 inch longer it will be helpfully for big foot.
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Take a look at "footpeg lowering blocks". They EFFECTIVELY raise the shifter, perhaps 3/4". (Just looked at my '15 shifter/ footpeg relationship.)

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Take a look at "footpeg lowering blocks". They EFFECTIVELY raise the shifter, perhaps 3/4". (Just looked at my '15 shifter/ footpeg relationship.)



I wear a size 13 Boot and with the MotoWerk peg lowering blocks it made it a perfect fit. Prior to adding the blocks i missed shifts all the time....

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Might be easier to just modify the OEM gear shift lever. Graft and weld an adjustable and folding pad.

This adjustable design is nice.


Alot of these dirt bike levers are $15 -$25

Suzuki DR250 DR350 DR650 DR 250 350 650

Just cut some pedals and weld or drill and screw them onto the OEM pedal.


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Too bad this sw-motech only fits the V1000


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I have always felt that my Gen3 Versys 650 shifter and brake pedal were a bit too short to be as comfortable to use as possible.

I then decided to cut the shifter and have a welder lengthen it by 1¾ inch before getting it powdercoated satin black.




With a larger Sportster rubber peg, this gave 1¼ inch more clearance for my foot.




At the same time, I added a large cover over the brake pedal

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-...-/153504973794



The brake pedal and cover were also powdercoated black.





The end result is certainly not what off road riders need.

On the other hand I find these very easy and comfortable to use while street touring.





Note:The brake pedal now needed to be adjusted lower.



I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.
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I have always felt that my Gen3 Versys 650 shifter and brake pedal were a bit too short to be as comfortable to use as possible.

I then decided to cut the shifter and have a welder lengthen it by 1¾ inch before getting it powdercoated satin black. ]
Normand, your attention to detail never stops amazing me! Your mods are amazing and seamless.
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Awesome job! I don't need a longer shift lever, but I'd love for the shifter peg to be longer, so that Sportster mod might just be the ticket. Is that an OEM H-D part, or aftermarket?

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I have always felt that my Gen3 Versys 650 shifter and brake pedal were a bit too short to be as comfortable to use as possible.

I then decided to cut the shifter and have a welder lengthen it by 1¾ inch before getting it powdercoated satin black.




With a larger Sportster rubber peg, this gave 1¼ inch more clearance for my foot.


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Awesome job! I don't need a longer shift lever, but I'd love for the shifter peg to be longer, so that Sportster mod might just be the ticket. Is that an OEM H-D part, or aftermarket?
It's OEM H-D. I tried aftermarket but they are fabricated in metal only. I wanted a rubber covered shifter peg because of comfort.
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I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.
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