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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Any opinions on suicide shifters / jockey shifters?

Ive been working on my bike doing lots of work on it and i had the idea of putting on a suicide shifter but was curious if anyone had already done it and had some photos. Id hate to get it done and hate the way it looks or rides.

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Hi Byron,

I have no experience with these so can't offer any real advice.

However I commend you for your individual and adventurous spirit.

I think it's worth remembering that in the early days of motorcycles there were lots of systems that are not longer in use today (likely for good reason) but those riders certainly didn't seem to have too much problem riding.

So if you're keen I say go for it. Not for me but if you pull it off, I would be interested to hear how you get on.

Cheerio and good luck with whatever you decided to do.

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Ive been working on my bike doing lots of work on it and i had the idea of putting on a suicide shifter but was curious if anyone had already done it and had some photos. Id hate to get it done and hate the way it looks or rides.

I have a Pinterest account that sends me links to photos of bobber mods every day (real PITA mostly) but a lot of custom suicide clutch installs. Try a google image search triumph bobber suicide clutch and see what you come up with.


No interest for me, had a panhead with one. Hated it and dangerous. Didn't make me bad-ass, just stupid.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-20-2018, 12:26 AM
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Byron, check this out, there are some pics of suicide shifters.

https://4h10.com/2018/07/les-10-prep...-project-2018/

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Just a thought...fit a faux suicide shifter but leave the real shifter alone. That will give you loads of options without demonstrating the 'suicide' part.
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My opinion would be why one earth would you want something so awkward? As Roy says above there is a reason some of these things have passed into history. I am all for authentic, but why not go the whole hog and fit drum brakes and remove the rear suspension while your at it?
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In the UK I'm sure it would invalidate vehicle type approval?

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Iíve recently watched a couple of videos with these shifters. They look interesting but make no sense whatsoever. I mean, whatís the point? Can somebody explain?
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Just a thought...fit a faux suicide shifter but leave the real shifter alone. That will give you loads of options without demonstrating the 'suicide' part.
thanks for the idea! I had decided not to pursue the idea because of the issue of the clutch and a few other reasons but i may look into making one just for the aesthetic now! Thanks for the comment!
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-01-2018, 08:33 PM
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Fabricated a foot clutch with a jockey shift on my shovel head . the "cool factor " was off the chart.. however riding it in today's traffic with cellphones etc..,
It takes a lot to get used to .. and it makes it hard to ride another bike bacuse you have gotten into a shift "routine"..
By all means go for it.. just keep in mind, your bike will now become "work" to ride..not as enjoyable as you now know..
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