Gear Lever

The BMW gear lever may be too long for use with footpeg relocation kits dependant on your foot size and how far the footpegs are relocated. There are a number of choices in changing the gear lever ranging from aftermarket replacement units through to modification of the existing lever. The gearbox spline is 11mm.

The off road big bore Honda levers have the same spline as the F650. The CRF450 lever is the closest to the shape of the F650 lever and around the length needed for full relocation. These levers are available cheaply and can include a folding tip.

A gear lever diagram with detailed information on bending, drilling and gear lever tips is available below in PDF file format for those who need to bend or modify a gear lever.

The existing lever can also be simply modified as per the information below, The existing tip can either be retained or cut off once you have determined the best length for you

Gear Lever and Selector Shaft
In a fall the gear lever can bend the selector shaft and the gearbox get stuck in a gear. Take care in after market lever selection or modification of the OEM lever. Repair requires splitting the engine cases.

Gear Lever Modification


1/ Remove Lever from machine

2/ Mark and drill Lever as per image

F650GS Gear Lever Drilling Diagram

3/ Re fit Gear Lever

4/ Fit Gear Lever Tip

See lever tip alternatives below

Gear Lever Tip Alternatives

Folding Tip

Cut Folding tip from an aftermarket lever

Disassemble, drill and tap 2 5mm holes as per drilling template

Simple or Emergency Tip

Obtain 50mm length of 15mm diameter solid alloy or plastic rod

Drill 30 mm deep 5mm dia hole in one end. Tap hole with 6mm thread

They may not be elegant but they will get you home after a fall.

Final Assembly Images