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Any of you guys have a CB350 (or others?) and ever accidentally mounted the shift linkage upsidedown? i know most guys fabricate their own flipped linkage to achieve a GP style pattern, I got my bike back from my mechanic who had installed the linkage upside-down and nearly busted my ass when I got first instead of second coming out of the driveway. Wondering if you guys ran your bikes w/ a GP pattern and if you simply flipped the linlage to achieve the pattern. When I looked at mine & put it back on right it looked to me like the linkage was binding up on itself before the lever could push down into anything above 2nd (although my guy claims to have taken it for a test drive and gotten it through all the gears). Like I said, I put my shift linkage back on right-side-up. I was jus wondering if anyone had a CB with the stock linkage upside-down to get a GP pattern & what modifications (if any) they made.
 

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yes, i race my cb350 with gp pattern. i am not using the stock footpeg mounts as i have a rearmounted peg so i don't use the linkage. gp is the snizzle when racing. if i had a streetbike and it wasn't a bother, i'd switch that to gp too, as i have slowly trained myself (conditioned) to naturally shift that way. your mechanic sounds like a sadistic bastard.

tex

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I've tried GP at NHIS and always find myself jammed up in the left hand turns....when I blow a left turn and need to down shift coming out of it and the shifter is already practically touching the ground it's hard to get my toe under it to down shift. Course GP is easier on the right turns.
So...I guess it depends on what track I'm at.

Sometimes I reach down and shift with my hand, sometimes I check chain tension with my hand going down a straight, or pull a plug and check it, or check the oil, or drag my feet to slow down.
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I run mine GP because it was easier to flip the lever back when using the passenger peg location. Now I've got everything running that way. It shifts a little quicker which may not make much difference on our old bikes but it's a lot easier. You can ditch the linkage and run a short stock lever.
It's also really cool to see that GP sticker they put on at tech in a WERA event. That's got to good for a couple of seconds a lap.
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Sometimes I reach down and shift with my hand, sometimes I check chain tension with my hand going down a straight, or pull a plug and check it, or check the oil, or drag my feet to slow down.
JohnnyB
So that's how you out brake me. I always thought you just had better brakes. What are you using for soles on your boots?

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real men handshift. just ask spin!

jc



Edited by - joe c on Apr 24 2006 10:22:38 PM
 

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the shifter broke on the rig so spinney was hand shifting it around the track. thats mike on there not me. i like that you can see his hand down there at the shift rod and i also like that his visor is up. the guy is a nut. but damned he can ride. since you said you shift with your hand sometimes, i just thought id put a picture up of someone actually doing it. the chain tension was fine.

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and yes, we do ride gp shift. i might have even been converted this weekend.

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