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Shift linkage/GP pattern

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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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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.
hehe...what the hell are you guys doing!
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