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Old 29th January 2007
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oops my bad, I was just thinking it was air because of the ram it uses, Also alot of drag cars use airshifters too.
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Honda did an auto-tranny back in the 70's on their 750 4-banger. It just never sold very well.

This prompts another question. Why can't we have a reverse gear. It's not rocket-science or expensive. Parking a serious cruiser on the downhill side of a steep hill can be a pain in you-know-where.

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It's kinda like buying a Viper, Corvette, or Saleen or Cobra Mustang with an automatic transmission what the hells the point. kinda takes the fun out of owning a hotrod!!!!!!!!!!
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Hi all, new here and getting a ton of good info and pics, thanks! I have screwed up feet and ankles, and it sucks trying to get my boot angled under that flat 1979 shift lever. So I just took an old exhaust clamp bracket that wraps around the pipe to hold it with a bolt and nut, made an 'L' shape by bending it, and sealed it in that liquid rubber stuff you coat tools with. I just screwed the shift toe-piece through the hole in the end of the bracket and into the lever, and now I have a 3" flat vertical with a 3" left 90-degree turn in it that rides atop my boot. Just push down to downshift, pick up to upshift, never move my boot from the peg, and never move my ankle but a fraction up or down of what I had to before. I suck at the picture thing, hope you get the idea, It like an upside-down "L", I am just going to take a piece of scrap leather and cut it in a strip and glue it over the top of the bracket to make it look a bit nicer; hope this helps...
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Do you have mid mounts or front? If you have mid and wear boots, just rest your foot on the highway pegs and shift with your heel. the lip of my boots pull up the shifter nice and easy. Down shifting is even easier.
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I agree. Automatic transmission makes a sofa out of any high performance vehicle.
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just a thought here, you said you have a heavy boot, buy a lighter boot and be done with it.
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It's kinda like buying a Viper, Corvette, or Saleen or Cobra Mustang with an automatic transmission what the hells the point. kinda takes the fun out of owning a hotrod!!!!!!!!!!
amen to that!!! I get ragged all the time cause I won't buy a hotrod with an auto. I use the manual setting exclusively in my 740, but even thats not the same without a clutch. Gotta love doing the growling downshift when pulling into the parking lot!!!!
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He probably got rid of the Sportster and bought a car with an automatic transmission by now...this thread is from Jan. 2007!
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I have to agree with everyone. Automatics are for vans not bikes. ( Why doesn't Detriot know that 6 spd. trucks are in high demand). Anyway, my grandpa just welded a 1/2 inch rod to the shifter on his four wheeler after a tractor accident put him in a leg brace for life. He primed, painted and stuck an 8 ball knob on it. It works great and you can still use the foot shifter.
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