From:Steve Ciccalone
Subject:RE: RE: Right Hand Shift and left hand clutch!
Response to:1124
Date:Mon Jan 30 09:47:19 2006

I have a full set of this linkage that I will be installing
on a '24 later this spring.  Unfortunately I have no
pictures of the stuff now but can take some later when its
on the bike.  Several months ago, Rat Scherk from Harbor
Vintage posted several photos on eBay of a Deluxe with a
Kellog Muffler (another interesting topic).  The bike had
that linkage set-up.  I'm not sure if they were sold.  You
may want to check with him.  This hand clutch set-up
apparently was popular with police departments in
combination with the front ride-off stand.  The motor
officer could sit level on the stand with the bike idling in
gear with the hand linkage disengaging the clutch.  In a
matter of seconds he could be rolling as he engaged the
clutch and kicked the ride-off stand lever.  The linkage is
not strong enough to disengage the clutch by itself.  It
needs to be pushed out by foot and then can be held out by
hand.  The big X 20 Series bikes came standard with this. 
You are correct about the mag advance.  A stud was soldered
to the tank above the mag and the lever and linkage fitted

I might be missing something here - why would you need a
left hand throttle? Close the throttle, move your hand to
the lever and change gear, then back to the throttle and
away. If the engine has a good tickover, I don't see a
problem with the right hand throttle. What interests me is -
oes the bike have a (left)hand clutch conversion to go with
the right hand shift? That makes more sense - you would
definitely need both hands in action at the same time then.
Don't know about the KJ but some Deluxes were fitted with a
hand clutch using the left hand twistgrip - mag control was
moved to the side of the tank. Similar to that used on the X
'm told. Good pictures of this setup on:
This item has ended but, I've just checked, it can still be
viewed if you load the above link into your browser.
This mod looks appealing and I'm tempted to do it myself.
Anyone got any photos or info detailing the linkage
arrangements at the handlebar and in the headstock area?
Thanks in advance guys....Steve  

Hello K.J.ers, especially my friend Steve Ciccalone.

John Flores in Missouri asked me to send this question out
for him.  


He swears it has to be a factory conversion because of how
cleanly it appears to have been done.  

For instance, the boss on the right, identical to the usual
boss on the left, was brazed on, when the frame was
upsidedown, and looks identical to the other one.

A shaft run through the two.  It's nickel plated.  The shift
ver is brazed to the shaft at the normal pivot location
but the lower "tail" that the clevis pins to shows up on the
ft side, taper fit and keyed to the shaft.

This set up, of course, requires a left hand throttle which
bothers John.  For now he plans to preserve this peculiar
feature but for ease of riding he'd like to find a regular
shift lever that he could use on the left leaving the right
hand shift features alone...for posterity.  Email me if you
know of an available hand shift lever.

Do you suppose he's right, that this could be a factory
conversion, perhaps for a police department?  His K.J. is
from the 1931 model year, a year of tumult for the factory
no doubt.