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Old 01-07-2010, 06:17 PM   #16
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you must have ridden a newer bike or an asian bike.

mine's the same. wear thicker boots and you won't notice.
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:21 PM   #17
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you must have ridden a newer bike or an asian bike.

mine's the same. wear thicker boots and you won't notice.
OH CRAP YOU ARE RIGHT

the "take out your earplugs and discover the new noise" effect
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:22 PM   #18
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we're all so used to rigging stuff that actually buying the right part never even gets considered as an option
NO doubt I'll have to modify it to fit
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:03 PM   #19
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My play is the same too. Well, somewhat less due to the shortened lever I use

Not only that, both ball sockets are secured by pin locks which make it practically impossible for the ball to unseat itself from the socket.


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BTW, this is the first bike I have ever seen with the shift linkage rod having right hand threads on both ends. Its nice in that it makes it impossible for the rod to unscrew itself and drop the center section on the road somewhere. But to adjust it one either has to disconnect one of the ball joints, or pull the shifter off the pivot and rotate the whole thing.
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:10 AM   #20
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My play is the same too. Well, somewhat less due to the shortened lever I use

Not only that, both ball sockets are secured by pin locks which make it practically impossible for the ball to unseat itself from the socket.
I know what you mean and agree about the ball joint clips. Just for clarity, what I was referring to is other bikes I've had where the adjuster has right and left threads and works like a turnbuckle. I've seen it more than once on the track and amost had one on my Ducati unscrew itself after the lock nuts vibrated loose. Long enough between shifts, and suddenly the center link is disconnected or totally fallen off.

My ST can't do this because its right hand threaded at both ends - I presume its stock, unless a PO made up a new center link himself using two right hand ball joints. (I have found some other home-machine shop gadgets on this bike that have had to be "corrected", though.)
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:24 AM   #21
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Yup, it is a good design by BMW (both right hand threads). The pins only secure the ball and socket union, nothing else
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:19 AM   #22
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The Germans were thinking when they put the pins in the design, it allows the joint to be serviced/ greased, some other bikes that have ball joint type linkage have a crimped fit on the ball and cant be serviced and as you know well the grease manages to go away over time and the socket wears, i had a bike with the crimped type wear and fall out of the socket on a trip 700 miles from home and i used 4 zip ties to hold the thing together till i made it back, had to buy a new linkage rod ends.
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:06 PM   #23
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Aren't those ball joints supposed to have rubber gaitors over them?
I could have sworn my 89 GS had them, and they dry rotted off, then when I went looking at fiches for them, I didn't see them...
Or am I imagining it? (it has been a while since I've looked into it)
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:31 PM   #24
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Maybe you're referring to the earlier airheads which didn't have ball and socket linkage joints. AFAIK, they were the only ones which had a rubber gaiter. The later ones and the GS had a completely different ball-socket
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