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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-09-2018, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Punchline: help.

The good: I'm halfway through a once in a lifetime ride from my base near Venice, over the alps through Chamonix, to Normandy, across the beaches and back along the maginot line.

The bad: Italian potholes lead to a metal vs concrete reaction that did in my starter. Either that or my starter happened to give up the ghost on its own with remarkable timing. Regardless I've been push starting Old Girl for 4 countries now.

The ugly: I just snapped the shifter shaft at a roadside 30min south of Paris. I believe it took a hit at the pothole but I admit that 200lb of wet angry frustrated paratrooper may have been a factor.

Does anyone have any kind of connection with repair shops, riders, or parts sources near Paris? Any other suggestions?
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Exactly what part snapped? The horizontal link from the foot lever to the shift shaft lever? The transverse shaft that goes into the primary case? The cast lever that is clamped to that shaft? Help us out here Doc. If it's the last item, the same part from another brand might fit. If it's the horizontal rod,it can be welded. Muffler shops can do welding.

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The transverse shaft that goes into the case. Sheared clean just internal to the bronze bushing. What is the correct nomenclature?
If it was anything external I'd have done something obscene with vice grips and made it to the coast by now 😂

If I can get my hands on a replacement shaft I should be able to do the job on scene. Otherwise I'll have to find a garage i can leave her at for a while
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The transverse shaft that goes into the case. Sheared clean just internal to the bronze bushing. What is the correct nomenclature?
If it was anything external I'd have done something obscene with vice grips and made it to the coast by now 😂

If I can get my hands on a replacement shaft I should be able to do the job on scene. Otherwise I'll have to find a garage i can leave her at for a while
sounds to me like you need a shift ratchet, theyre designed to shear off on impact to hopefully lessen internal damage (didnt work when mine went down the road!)
Mustve been some massive pothole to snap it off..,.,
Any dealers there you can buy a shift ratchet off, maybe a primary gasket too, sometimes they break getting the primary off, Ive been lucky with the gasket.

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Here's a video about removing the primary cover and replacing the shift ratchet. Tip: drop a thin Victory oil drain plug washer on the shaft to take up some of the side-to-side slack. There are forum threads about this too.

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I am curious how you are going to get parts there. Are there Polaris/Victory dealers in France.
Do post how this goes.

Since you are stuck in Paris and will need parts that could take a while, if you are looking for something to check out, there is a great military museum at Napoleon's tomb.

The Louvre is worth the price of admission if you like art. (even if you don't like art. good for a few days)

The palace at Versailles is accessible by train from Paris. There are at least two train stations in the city of Versailles, each on a different train line if I remember correctly. One of the stations is only a short walk from the palace. the trick is to take the correct train to the correct station so you don't end up across town from the palace when you get off. Across town is quite a walk.

What an awesome place to be stranded

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End state: the parts do not exist in France.

Upside is I got the absolute hookup by Fred at https://motoselfservices.com
Not only is he storing the bike until I can get back with parts in a few weeks but he gave me rides and literally invited me into his home for chow.

Ride is on hold but it's turned into a heartwarming morality tale of the international biker family taking care of it's own.

I'm getting the parts shipped to my base in Italy and I'll fly back out to the bike over a weekend. Resuming my vacation by train.

Thanks for all your help!

And that's a good tip about getting the right train. Reminds me of the time I learned the tip about not forgetting your passport in the room safe.
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End state: the parts do not exist in France.

Upside is I got the absolute hookup by Fred at https://motoselfservices.com
Not only is he storing the bike until I can get back with parts in a few weeks but he gave me rides and literally invited me into his home for chow.

Ride is on hold but it's turned into a heartwarming morality tale of the international biker family taking care of it's own.

I'm getting the parts shipped to my base in Italy and I'll fly back out to the bike over a weekend. Resuming my vacation by train.

Thanks for all your help!

And that's a good tip about getting the right train. Reminds me of the time I learned the tip about not forgetting your passport in the room safe.
Glad things are coming together for you.


We didn't have a single bad experience when in France or Europe for that matter. I am going back to Paris someday, It is on my list.

Best pastry on earth, great food, helpful locals, get almost anywhere by subway. I want/need to see the rest of that military museum at Napoleon's tomb. I only got part way through it as we found it late in the day.

A friend used to say a vacation isn't a vacation unless you have an adventure. You have had your adventure, now you can just settle in and be a tourist for the rest of your trip. Have fun.
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I ran that link through google translate. That is quite a find.
Prices don't seem really out of line considering .How did you find that place?

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A wee bit off topic, but this is a great example why I recommend to those wanting to ship their bike to Europe and ride to just rent a bike there. That way, any mishaps are on the rental company. If you have a crash, some countries will not allow the bike to leave until it has been repaired. That can be long after your time there is over and you flew back home.

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