Gregory Bender

Transmission - pre-selector shaft rotation

Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models



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Originally, both the 4-speed and 5-speed transmissions (as used on the loops) used a 1-up, 3- or 4-down shift pattern (using only the toe of the shift lever - ignore the heel). If you look at the rear of the transmission, the lever on the pre-selector shaft always pointed toward 3 o'clock to achieve this shift pattern.

If you remove the lever from the pre-selector shaft and rotate it into the 9 o'clock position, the shift pattern will be reversed (1-down, 3 or 4 up).

In other words:

All this being is possible that a different shift drum has been fitted inside the transmission and that can flip-flop everything I've just said.