Easier gear-changing

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Easier gear-changing

Postby R-man » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:18 pm

Over the last year I have developed pain in my left big toe, and realised that the gear lever has been the cause -despite wearing good boots.

Took linkage apart for clean and greasing, but that made little difference...had a look with boots on and realised just how far I have to move my foot in and under the lever, and that the bone in my toe had grown a sore lump. Next stop web search, and found this:

[Gear/brake lever enlargement sleeve] 'Schalthebel Verlängerung für BMW R 850 / 1100 / 1150 GS + Adventure R 1100 S' for EUR 20.99 http://ebay.eu/Ow3oRS Two styles, this variant has smooth aluminium finish with four o-rings.

The well-designed and beautifully made sleeve slips over the existing rubber and rolls easily as you change gear, but doesn't fall off.
Comfort restored! £26 well-spent!
R1100S current
K1200RS (2005-07) Autobahn-stormer
V-Strom (2004-05)
VFR800 (2003-04)
-in the 70s & 80s there were lots more...

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Many thanks for the info.

Postby Jonesey » Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:39 pm

I have ordered one of these today as I to have a similar problem. I was looking to do a mod on the gear lever, so hopefully this will resolve without making something up.

Thanks for the posting.

Dave (Jonesey)

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-update-

Postby R-man » Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:30 pm

Just done a major service, and for the first time used fully synthetic Comma gear oil (GL5) in the gearbox...cost £9 more than the Comma semi-synth oil I have been using.


Oh boy, what a difference! Up-changes are much smoother, and Down shifts are like having a new box (steady boys!) fitted -the tractor noises are almost gone...

Worth the extra to me, now a shopping list item.
R1100S current

K1200RS (2005-07) Autobahn-stormer

V-Strom (2004-05)

VFR800 (2003-04)

-in the 70s & 80s there were lots more...

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Postby bmwr1100s » Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:47 am

Keen to try the synthetic oil I searched locally but could not find comma or even Mobil so looked on eBay and found BritOil 75w/90 gl5 fully syth £8.39 inc p&p and as R man says works a treat


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