posted February 22, 2002 02:47 PM
I purchased my Bert used and it did not come with the locking shifter that Bert sells, so I went with a standard aluminum 2 lever shifter (no lock out).
The first few try's it took a little getting used to, but after getting the hang of it, it's a relatively easy process.
The drive lever must be in neutral before you can get it to shift into reverse and vice versa.
When you engage your pedal which has it's own master cylinder for the trans, fluid presses/moves a piston inside the trans to engage the internal clutches.
With the motor running and the drive lever in low, press the pedal to take off (taking care not to slip the clutches too much or letting the motor die). The drive lever in low for me is pushing it forward. With the pedal still firmly engaged, I usually accelerate to 3000-4000 rpms at which point I quickly let off the pedal and the accelerator and firmly pull back on the drive lever (may grind a little). I may very slighly tap the accelerator to help it synchronize, if it doesn't fall into gear before coasting too slow I start the process again.
When you need to stop set your mind to knocking the drive lever out of gear. A few times at first I hit the pedal out of habit when it came time to stop - but quickly you realize that doesn't stop you!
I have had mine for a year and I am really pleased with the product.
Hope this helps