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    Posted: 04 Aug 2018 at 15:13
Good day,
a few years ago I bought a v7 850 GT (with SP 1000 engine) and
with floorboard.
I have been reading a lot about converting the pedals to Gear left/ Brake right and I have learned that it is nearly impossible to find a kit to do that.
I have read a few posts on this forum about people going the opposite way to mine..
Is there anyone aware of any pedals or linkage available.

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I changed the foot controls on my 1971 V7 Special and the only way I could find the parts was to keep an eye on eBay.Particularly eBay USA and eBay Italia.
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I would love to convert a modern bike to right change. Having both brakes on the right inevitably tips the bike to the right, having them on opposite sides counteracts this. The gear change was only ever put on the left to protect american interests. Before that everyone except the americans and germans put the gear change on the right, which makes sense if you mount from the left too.

Unfortunately this is rarely possible except with cross-over rear-sets, and not always then. And my body doesn't fit rear-sets any more.
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I was told the change to RH footbrake was because people couldn't differentiate between driving a car and riding a bike, so the right foot had to be used in both cases for the brake.

Just don't buy a bicycle in France where you will find the front and back brakes reversed. Obviously the EU hasn't got round to bicycle safety yet.
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Originally posted by jefrs jefrs wrote:

I would love to convert a modern bike to right change. Having both brakes on the right inevitably tips the bike to the right, having them on opposite sides counteracts this.

Really ??? Confused I hadn't noticed.


In the dim and distant past when I had an old British bike and a (then new) Japanese bike, got the pedals confused a couple of times to start with, but soon enough I automatically got into which way round they were whichever bike I jumped on.



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I once had a go on an AJS (Villiers) trials bike. Couldn't understand why it kept changing down when I wanted to stop. LOL
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Probably the best way of stopping it.......
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I have always understood that the gear lever was placed on the left after decades of being on the right because that was where the Japanese manufacturers placed it on there then new designs. Because the USA was swamped with Japanese bikes back in the early seventies the American legislators decided that all motorcycles sold in the USA had to have a uniform layout. Thus, Harley Davidson had to comply and change their layout, as did any manufacturer from Europe who wished to sell their bikes in the states. Triumph, Norton and Moto Guzzi among others were forced to comply.Loop frame Guzzis were sold with the new layout in the USA and the traditional layout in Europe.
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For me who was weened on jap bikes clutch and gears on left and both brakes on the right seems the only logical way. When I got my 1971 v7 Special with the foot brake on the left although I could manage, when it came an emergency stop I automatically reverted to my old ways and on a loop you really need to use both brakes! I’ve since changed the brakes to right and gears to left and I’m now very happy. 

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Originally posted by Brian UK Brian UK wrote:

I was told the change to RH footbrake was because people couldn't differentiate between driving a car and riding a bike, so the right foot had to be used in both cases for the brake.

Just don't buy a bicycle in France where you will find the front and back brakes reversed. Obviously the EU hasn't got round to bicycle safety yet.


On push bikes, the right-rear left-front brake is called 'euro' and common throughout the continent.
In the UK that set up makes signalling a right turn a lot easier because one usually needs the a hand on the front brake whilst keeping one's hand out, or some idiot will try to overtake. 
I first encountered it in France and later swapped our push bikes over. 

I've driven automatic cars for the last 30+years, as do most americans. I left-foot brake, as do most americans. The big brake pedal on an automatic is for either or both feet. 
I'll left-foot brake a manual too, it's an advanced driving/race technique. 

Before the USA legislated for left foot gear change, only american bikes and BMW were left foot change at that time, HD had already switched over. In Germany even NSU were right change but had become extinct. Japanese bikes, having been right-change domestically quickly switched over. 
It was an american trade protectionist policy that forced the change over, no consideration was given to road safety or drivability, no studies were carried out.

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