Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Pittston, PA 18640
ama does a lot of stuff to ease the expensive to the privateer, that really increase costs.
i think that the $500-600 figure is pretty high. i think that's what a KLS shifter costs (a lot of factory teams used them). you can find electric shifters for way less. holeshot shifters were about $200. and the shift that staurt (i can't think of his last name, broken back, wheel chair-bound racer) uses is $300. it's a modified atv shifter that rotates the output shaft. and the yosh ems add-on it real cheap, once you go through the initial ems expensive.
further, the electric shifter is easier on the transmission and reduces the chance of a mis-shift. last time i checked, a new transmission is way more expensive than an electric shifter.
and let's be honest, they won't split the cases (too expensive). they'll buy a used motor, and pull the pistons out of it and swap the heads. this is a greater expense now with the new gsx-r, because you can't swap the cylinders like a normal sportbike.
that's my take on electric shifters.
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