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One of my Converts from years ago had a large ring installed in a drilled hole in the ball at the end of the clutch lever...just flipped it around the grip when I wanted to keep the clutch engaged....
Neutral is provided by the multi-plate dry clutch (assuming that is disengages). I use a zip-tie to hold the lever in whenever I find it necessary.
As a new Convert owner I've wondered the same thing. The P.O. showed me the bungy cord that he kept in the fairing pocket and wrapped around the clutch lever to hold it disengaged for warm up etc. I don't trust those things as much as he did. I know it will probably never break but still I don't want to be half way through putting my gloves on and watch my bike cruise off without me. I've been thinking of devising something alittle more reliable to lock the lever against the bar and I like the "ring" idea. Thanks Eldo Mike!Ken
Starting cold, enrichers on, it takes a couple of minutes of warm up before the bike is ready to ride off. During this time, if the clutch was engaged the bike would roll away. Once the I drop the enrichers and the idle slows to its normal rate all is good. I usually start my bikes and let them warm while I finish gearing up; helmet and gloves etc. As for the side stand brake, as purchased this mechanism is missing some expensive parts but as my Convert is doing side car duty a "parking" brake would be an asset. Ken
A creative guy like you could rig something up from the sidecar frame to hold the foot brake engaged until you're ready to roll. Perhaps a foot version of the throttle assist thingy you showed me.Nick
Just like an automatic car, it doesn't need one......
I machined off the gear teeth on low in the transmission on one of my verts. This gave me a neutral.
I, too, tossed my parking brake years ago, but I'm thinking now I'd like to have it back, just for the coolness-factor. Where they really that effective? I know that sounds like a dumb question, but why did so many of us toss them?
I use the enrichers as little as possible, the size Guzzi fitted are really too large and it's just dumping too much fuel into the cylinders. I gear up first then key on, two twists of the throttle and then feather the throttle until it's warmed enough to go. Haven't needed to use the enrichers even down into the 30s (F).
Auto cars have a park that locks the tailshaft from spinning, and they have a neutral. the few cars that dont have a park, [ie corvairs] all had neutral, and parking brakes.
I find this interesting to me. I had an early 60's Corvair with the auto, lever coming out of the dash. Danged if I can remember whether or not it had Park on it. I loved that little bugger, too.
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