Thursday, May 10, 2012
Shifter & Brake Lever Adjustment - 2011 R1200RT
A test ride (blogged separately) reveled the definite need for both levers to be adjusted. The need arose from the installation of Suburban Machinery's exquisite Peg Lowing Kit. Adjustment was expected, and filled me with a bit of trepidation, me not being much of a mechanic.
In the end, it was easy and took less than an hour.
The shifter lever rotates on a splined shaft. To get at the shaft, you remove a long piece of casting that has the left footpeg (and now a lowering block too). If I had thought the installation of the lowering kit through, I would have removed this casting / peg assembly, taken it to the bench, and installed the peg lowering block in comfort. A bit less effort than lying on the ground. Cold ground.
The lever is secured to the splined shaft with a reverse Torx 8 screw, requiring an E8 (female) Torx socket. I bought a boxed male and female Torx set from Princess Auto for $15 earlier today. There is a marking line on the shaft and the lever showing the factory setting. Necessary, but I don’t remember one on the Triumph.
The splines are finely spaced. Yet, when I tried two splines distance, it was too much. The lever is long enough to magnify the effect of the fine spacing. So, I ended up installing the casting assembly several times. But now it is correct and I know it is correct.
Over on the brake side, things went nicely too. The rear of the brake lever moves up, pushing an adjustable length rod that applies the rear brake. Remove a clip on the rod and the other end of the clip is discovered to be a shaft going through a hole and securing the rod to the lever. Nicely designed! With the rod disconnected the lever would hang straight down, except for a spring. At the forward end of the lever is an adjustable stop bolt and locking nut. Rotating the lever to a vertical requires a bit of force to overcome the spring tension, but lets a couple of wrenches get at the bolt and locking nut. Easy.
I found the lever needed to be lowered a lot for me. Not totally at the bottom of the adjustment range, but it is much lower than factory settings. I think dealers should customize the fit for the new owner on delivery or at least explain the adjustability to you. Locked the setting.
Back to the rod at the rear of the lever. Up at the top is a 9mm wrench nut and at the bottom is a 10mm wrench locking nut. Use the 9mm to hold the rod, rotate the bottom U-shaped fitting to loosen, raise the locking nut, raise the U-shaped fitting to fit (holes in lever and U-shaped fitting re-align), insert the clip shaft, secure the clip, tighten the lock nut, and …
Go for the test ride!