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    Posted: 18 Feb 2019 at 16:35
Does anyone know a source for a reverse shifter for a 1971 Ambassador to enable 1/down, 3/up shifting. I understand that a gentlemen named Stephen Brenton used to make one before retiring.  Any information on an alternative source or other solution is very much appreciated.  Thanks.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dave P. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Feb 2019 at 16:59
Have a look on Greg Benders "This old Tractor" site. He shows three ways of achieving what you want to do.

http://www.thisoldtractor.com/

Edited by Dave P. - 18 Feb 2019 at 20:46
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Can't you just get used to it? I managed to, and it's surprising how muscle memory stops me making wrong shifts when swapping between bikes.
Just about got my little Ducati on the road, which is wrong side as well as upside-down. Looking forward to training my brain to ride that!
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I'm and old guy who has been riding bikes with the reverse shift (1/down, 3 up) for about 50 years and have two other bikes with that same gear pattern.  
I just purchased the 1971 Ambassador and will see if my brain is too old to remember the difference before making a decision.  The part that Stephen Brenton used to make would do the trick but he has apparently retired. 
Thanks to all,
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Hi Dave,
I saw the one solution which the part Stephen Brenton used to produce...can you send me the link to the 2 other solutions form Greg that you referenced. 
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I own three Guzzi's 
1 - left foot gear change 1 down 4 up
1 - right foot 1 down 2 up 
1 - right foot 1 up 2 down
Gets interesting first mile or so then brain engages.
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http://www.thisoldtractor.com/moto_guzzi_loopframe_transmission_-_reverse_the_shift_pattern_by_relocating_the_shift_arm.html

http://www.thisoldtractor.com/moto_guzzi_loopframe_transmission_-_reverse_the_shift_pattern_by_using_a_shift_offset_bracket.html

http://www.thisoldtractor.com/moto_guzzi_loopframe_transmission_-_reverse_the_shift_pattern_by_using_a_stand-off.html

There you go Shawn.

Edited by Dave P. - 19 Feb 2019 at 09:59
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Hi Dave,
Thanks again...hopefully I can make one of the solutions work.
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Hi George, 
You give me hope that this old dog can learn new tricks...
Thanks,
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