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No. Even if the friction adjuster was starting to wear or get out of adjustment, it typically didn't "engage" suddenly ... it would slowly vibrate forward and you could feel it coming. You had to "rock" it with your foot, it didn't snap over center. The Indian clutch had to be held down like a car clutch. If an oil-slick boot slipped off, or you leaned a bit while stopped and didn't pay attention, it DID snap to engagement and there you were.Although most of the 1954 Harley Big Twins had foot shifts, 54FLE1814 was a "50th Anniversary Model" with the hand shift and rocker clutch, and (being an FL"E") had the EL 61" cam in it.Lannis
I rode a left throttle foot clutch Indian....I don't remember much but the left throttle was bizzare.. For some reason I remember the Harley being an over center device... I don't sit at typical traffic lights in gear with the clutch pulled in...my shift foot on the peg, the other foot on the ground.
I once rode a knucklehead with an aftermarket speed e shifter , a mechanical device with a gated linkage that automatically shifted the trans up or down when the clutch pedal was depressed depending on where a small lever was positioned . Developed for drag racing , sold on the aftermarket in the late 30s early 40s . Dusty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMK1XVGI_mcHad to look that one up. Pretty clever.
"especially after long periods of being parked" That's like most of them eh?
Missed the Speed e shifter reference . I probably am not spelling it quite right . One question , in what universe is a V-rod capable of 200 MPH ;D Dusty
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