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Not a really interesting story, just what happened on my way home tonight.


OK, so I'm rolling on down the road, everythings going just fine.
Nice cool breeze (9pm ride), not too many bugs and people driving as close to normal as can be expected.
As I start getting closer to the red light in town, I downshift. All seems/feels fine.
Stop at the red light and wait. Light turns green, so off I go, making a right turn onto main street. As I complete the turn, I go to shift into second, WHOA, I'm still in first.... try again..... WTF??.....shift again....
This doesn't feel right and I'm still in first!!!!????
I pull over on a side street, look down at the shift lever.....
WHAT SHIFT LEVER ???? It's not there ??!!??
At the corner that I turned at was a convenience store, so I turned around and pulled into there (Luckily the bike was stuck in first, so short distance travel wasn't a problem)
I park the bike and looked where I was stopped at the light. Hmm, no lever sittin there anywhere...... I walk about 3 or 4 blocks down the road, knowing I had to have shifted there.
Still no lever???
Oh great. This is going to be a really slow ride home ! (8 miles to go) :BLAM:
I take one more look closer to the intersection and a little ways after I made the turn... nothing .... wait.... is that.... is it?.... YES.... there it is !!!!
Seems it must have fallen off just as I tried to shift into second. Luckily no one ran it over while I was looking in the other direction for it!
But now the new problem... I probably have a better chance of finding the bolt for the clamp in an iceberg when hell freezes over then on the road somewhere!
I look in my fork bag-o-tricks......crescent wrench.... jumper cables.....duct tape.... some of the OEM tools.... a piece of nylon cord.... HEY, 5 minute epoxy!!... no, that's a last resort.... none of this is what I need.
Wait a minute, I just got back from Trader Horn (kinda like a mini Walmart type store, but a small local business) and bought a couple small Vise Grips !!
I'll make them work!!
I was able to clamp the vise grips on the shift lever clamp, but they would rub the stator cover, so I wrapped the nylon cord around the grips, cushioning them from the side cover, and tied them off to the shift lever also so they wont be totally lost if they don't hold.
Luckily they held for the little ways needed to get home.
Now I just need to get a new bolt and all will be good again !!

That's all of the unexpected excitment I had riding tonight. Otherwise, it just felt great to be out ridin' !!

OK, wake up now. The story's over, you survived.
How'd everyone elses ride go today (if ya made it out)
 

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smart thinking macgyver. lol I can only hope I am half as resourcful as you. im checking that bolt before I ride tomarrow.
 

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Vise grips are very useful... In France, we call them the third hand.
 

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Yep, vise grips are useful and handy to have!! I always have a set in my backpack when on the dirtbike. The ones I bought yesterday were for work, but the pair I used on the shift lever may just stay with the Vulcan now!

And what an unusual thing it was to have no feeling of the lever as I tried to shift outta first. Kinda like your mind is saying it's gotta be there, but your foot still isn't touching anything no matter how many times ya try!

Luckily it turned out to be an easy fix to get back on the road. :smiley_th
 

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Here's what the quick fix looked like.....
 

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You da man!
 

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Gee Hyper heres your oportunity to make yourself a hand shifter..................
I did think of that. The girl working at the convienence store had a short broom handle that I thought about trying. I told her I'd take one more look around, and then I found it.

I've used vise grips before as a throttle, licence plate holder, headlight bracket and brake (or was it the clutch??) lever on the dirtbike. This was the first time I had to use them on the Vulcan to get rolling again.
 
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