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So I've been thinking of making my bike a suicide shift. from the looks I dont think it will be that hard. The hardest part is fabing up a shifter. What do you guys thinK?
 

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I personally think it is the VERY wrong style bike to put one on, but its your bike so its your call. but remember you also need to make the now current foot shifter work as the clutch.
 

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I've never had a bike yet that has had one. I thought with the lines of the bike it could look cool and bring a nostalgic look/feel to the bike. And for the person that voted what's a suicide shift. It's a hand shifter like a car and you use your left foot for a clutch. Know as a suicide due to some bikes not having a front brake so taking off on a hill was difficult cuz you have to keep your right foot down when stopped in gear. Since the left foot is your clutch.
 

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It was named "Suicide" and discontinued for good reason. I would hate to drive a suicide shifter in traffic and have to make a sudden stop or down shift to evade other vehicles.
 

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Yosemite, That was me who voted what's a suicide shifter. Thanks for letting me know what that is. Sounds real interesting and scary at the same time. :-\
 

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i have thought about it... i myself have never had one on one of my bikes but i have rode a couple that had them... it is really different
 

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No pics yet. It will be a winter time project. Once I get my bike back. I'll maybe photoshop a pic to see where I'll lay it out.
 

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dude!!! dont do it. my dad has a 1934 HD police bike w/ suicide. its fun as a novelty.....thats about it. ride one before even considering. also, if you do, wait until warranty is out.
 

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I was building a 58 flathead, 2 1/2" over springer front, ridged rear, suicide clutch, jocky shift. Never did get to finish it or ride it do to purchasing my home, some things just out weigh others. I've allways loved the idea! It would definately make it a riders bike and not just something anyone could hop on. The trick is of course what others have stated, is your at a stop on a hill, left foot on the clutch, right foot down, left hand on the shifter, right hand front brake and gas? Atleast with fuel injection you wont have to keep it running!

So if you do the suicide clutch, you pretty much have to do a jocky shift,,, to make it super trick,,,, left hand throttle, yah I'm a little demented that way!
 

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PS- Your not too far away from me, I'd love to help out with this project! I'd even do mine if we come up with something really clean, which is the only way it should be done. I have an old mill, lathe, and welder at home should make it easier.
If you do want to do this, I'd like to figure out left foot suicide, right hand jocky, left hand throttle,right front brake???
 

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I like the left handed throttle idea. Don't think I'll go that far. But ya. Jockey shift and suicide clutch project this winter.

I'm not worried about the warranty since this shouldn't void any thing. And I'm friends with the owner of the dealer.
 
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