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Old 01-05-2013, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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W.M.I. Jockey shifter

Did a search and could not find info here on the Widow Makers Ind. jockey shifter. Anybody try one or have any experience with this product. The price isn't bad and sure looks easy to install. I.M.H.O. looks cool as hell.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The only issue I would have is, having to take off from a stop one hand on the bars. Guess thats why they call it the Widow Maker. Also check your state laws, some dont allow you to take your hands off of the bars.
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I never understood the point of those things.
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I never understood the point of those things.
or any jockey shifter for that matter. Why make things harder?
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or any jockey shifter for that matter. Why make things harder?
It's the cool factor.

Although, it is an alternative for people missing a left hand and can't work a clutch lever.
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It's the cool factor.

Although, it is an alternative for people missing a left hand and can't work a clutch lever.
IMHO one of the centrifugal clutches would be a better option.

I understand they think it's cool, but why do they think that? That's the part I don't get. When we were young guys and there were a few hand shift bikes still around everyone thought it was cool to go the other way and convert to foot shift. Harley 45's and Indian were thought to be undesirable because they couldn't be converted easily. Even the new Paughco frames for the 45's take the 36-83 4 speeds.
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IMHO one of the centrifugal clutches would be a better option.

I understand they think it's cool, but why do they think that?
Agreed.

Because people see them in magazines and in all the Bobber mags, on bikes that are generally, not even ridden. Some guys ride the hell out of them, but but the norm, just sit, are show bikes or get sold.

Foot clutch, Springers and velocity stacks. Alll extremely cool to look at, but there are more modern, better engineered mechanical alternatives that have evolved, since the day of their inception, that are more rider friendly and engineered to be better, safer and actually work for what they were intended for.

I love the look. But I've also ridden them. Not rider friendly.

Can I get used to a foot clutch? sure.... I could also get used to having one eye, one foot and a speech impedimant. But I choose not to......
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Agreed.

Because people see them in magazines and in all the Bobber mags, on bikes that are generally, not even ridden. Some guys ride the hell out of them, but but the norm, just sit, are show bikes or get sold.

Foot clutch, Springers and velocity stacks. Alll extremely cool to look at, but there are more modern, better engineered mechanical alternatives that have evolved, since the day of their inception, that are more rider friendly and engineered to be better, safer and actually work for what they were intended for.

I love the look. But I've also ridden them. Not rider friendly.

Can I get used to a foot clutch? sure.... I could also get used to having one eye, one foot and a speech impedimant. But I choose not to......
Are yuyuyuyuyou making fun of my impediment?
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