Speed E Shift

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Speed E Shift

Postby jarhead » Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:01 pm

Anybody here ever seen one of these up close and personal? Speed shifting at it's best? Definitely different...

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Re: Speed E Shift

Postby steve_wood » Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:58 pm

Wow. Looks like a lot of moving parts. Could be lots that could go wrong.

Is it a single action that engages the clutch and then changes gears?
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Re: Speed E Shift

Postby 108 » Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:21 am

It was an after-market conversion for a tank shift bike. I've only seen a few magazine photos and about them years ago, I seem to remmember the caption comments implied they were more trouble than they were worth. I think factory foot shifts came out a couple years later and they were forgotten.
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Re: Speed E Shift

Postby 62pan » Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:32 am

I have one. It is missing the clutch pedal, but is otherwise functional. Very cool old chopper part. One of these days I am going to put it on my bike.
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Re: Speed E Shift

Postby Arthur » Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:28 pm

I saw a foot-shift conversion on a '39 EL in El Paso once but it was less sophisticated than the one pictured above. It looked just like the one on the Knucklehead in the infamous 1947 Life Magazine Hollister “motorcycle riot" fake photos. You would need a very strong clutch hand and very dexterous left foot to operate it without any mousetrap or ratchet.
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Re: Speed E Shift

Postby jarhead » Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:14 am

steve_wood wrote:Wow. Looks like a lot of moving parts. Could be lots that could go wrong.

Is it a single action that engages the clutch and then changes gears?


Yes I believe so Steve
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Re: Speed E Shift

Postby 62pan » Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:21 pm

The way it works is this: To downshift you pull in on a lever on the handlebars (usually a modified British compression release). That raises the shifter rod on the transmission and engages the downshift portion of the mechanisim. Push down on the clutch pedal which disengages the clutch and shifts the trans into first. Once it's in gear you release the lever as all it does is move the shift rod into engagement with the downshift cogs on the Speedy Shift. After you release the clutch and start moving every time you push on the pedal it up shifts at the same time. To downshift just pull on the handlebar lever and every time you push on the clutch it shifts down.

I know it seems complicated (and it is) but back in the early 50's they were the hot ticket to go fast. I have ridden one before, and once you get used to it you can shift incredibly fast. As a side note, you had to have your transmission set up perfectly as it was very easy to gut using one of these.
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Re: Speed E Shift

Postby captainharley » Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:34 pm

Saw one for sale on eBay once, they were asking over -$600- I believe. :roll: I'll stick to my mouse trap and heal/toe shifter. :D

AMF/Ride Safe :wink:
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