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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure if any other boardwalk owners have had this issue but thought I would share. I currently have a case opened with Vic customer service reguarding the sloppy foot shifter. The shifter is very loose and sloppy. I have actually experianced mis-shifts because of this. Just after I was discussing this issue with Vic online, I drove the bike home. On my way, the shifter linkage actually fell off the shifter shaft on the transmission. Middle of traffic and clunk !! stuck in 4th gear. I was able to push the bike back to my shop and noticed the bolt was still tight when I went to put it back on. I feel the constant twisting of the loose shifter basically worked the linkage loose.

Anyway just wanted to share with my fellow BW owners and ask that you check the linkage bolt on the output shaft for tightness. Ill keep everyone posted on what comes from my open case with Vic customer service. Im waiting for them to contact me. See attached pic.

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I have a repair biz (not bikes) and have seen the work of others for over four decades, making me come to the point where I do not trust others' work. There a lot of guys who are dangerous with tools in their hands. When I buy a new bike and I get it home, I go completely over it, checking the tightness of every fastener.
There's a bit of slop in my foot levers too, but it doesn't bother me one bit as it does not affect their functions.
I would get missed shifts too, until I did this...lower the shift lever so that when you slip your boot under it, the lever lifts and takes up all the slack. That will facilitate two things; 1. less foot movement for a more positive shift engagement and 2. makes it easier to preload the shifter for smoother and quieter shifts.

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I agree with you on lowering the shifter a bit. However, that does not fix the issue. The bushings in the shifter are nylon and improperly sized. I have owned 33 bikes of all different makes. I have never seen a shifter as sloppy as this. These types of things lead to failure and need to be addressed. I definitely agree with you as to not trusting other peoples work. I basically go over the bike every 300 miles to make sure things are tight and working correctly. I this case the bolt was still tight. I had to loosen it with a wrench to put it back on and it was pretty tight. This is why I feel there is a larger problem with the shifter.

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Where are the nylon bushings you speak of?

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The bushing is located at the base of the shifter where it is attached to the foot peg.

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The bushing is located at the base of the shifter where it is attached to the foot peg.
So that's what the shifter rotates on, eh? I'll have to check mine. If that's the case, a winter project will be replacing it with an oilite bronze bushing. I'll put one in that's slightly wider to reduce the side play, while I'm at it.

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as for the peace that fell off I'm thinking the slot it not vut all the way and can not pinch when bolt is tightened. Or bolt is to short.

Now you want some free play at the foot shifter so it doesn't bind.
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I had a slight issue shifting early on, going over the Shifter arm to grease up and check bolts. I found the pinch bolt was not to spec. Tightened and it was good

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The Heim joints need to be lubed occasionally.

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The shifter arm to me has always been to loose on these bikes. I do not know if they were trying to imitate some other manufactures bikes. It seems to me the other American made bike has always had its shifters sloppy also. Oh and I do not know about the new Indian as far as it shifter goes,ha,ha.
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