Happy Trails Heavy Duty Shifter <br>+1" Kawasaki KLR650 All Years

Kawasaki KLR650 Shifter Heavy Duty KLR

Comment from Jeremy P:

  I'd like to leave a testimonial for my recent purchase of your shift lever for my Kawasaki KLR 650. It is awesome! I like everything about it (design, build, ease of installation etc.) and was very impressed with your responses to my inquires prior to purchase.

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HTPKA-8 / HTPKA-8L


The KLR650 is a terrific adventure touring bike. Oddly, it has a couple of weak points, one of which is an inferior stock shifter which is prone to breakage. The stock shifter also has a very small surface area where the folding tip is welded on. When the bike goes down the shift lever flexes in and the small surface has a significant focused impact zone and can puncture the side cover.

For years we have welded a pad on in this area to broaden the impact zone and greatly reduce the chance of a punctured side cover. Happy trails has a newer design that is unique only to us. We manufacturer a shift lever arm that is contoured to fit the bike with a more significant pad in folding tip of the shift lever area.

Dave Despain States: "You may or not you view the KLR650 shift lever as a known weak point but we of the Sasquatch or "Bigfoot" persuasion can guarantee you that the shifter is a problem. Put on a pair of dirt riding boots anywhere north of size 12 and no matter how you adjust it, you will likely be unable to get your toe under the lever to execute proper gear changes. The solution is an inch longer shifter and the Happy Trails version offers obvious advantages. In addition to the added length, the lever boasts a lot more beef; it is simply a heavier and stronger piece, and nicely finished too. The Happy Trails shifter also addresses the inherent problem with a longer lever. The business end of the stock shifter swings in an arc for which clearance has been cast into the side cover. Thus when we "Bigfoots" (as we must) extend the lever by an inch, we find that it now extends beyond that clearance. This increases the likelihood that the shifter might puncture the case, given just the right impact. Thus the Happy Trails shifter incorporates a large (more than 1 inch) round surface facing that side case, designed to spread any such impact and reduce the chances of case damage. In addition, the Happy Trails shifter increases the clearance between the shifter and the case to roughly one-half inch, meaning the meaty part of the lever will have to bend a long way before shifter meets case. I would say odds of that happening are close to zero. So how does it work? Well, for one who has been up-shifting with the back of his heel for way too long, it is simply magic. Sitting on the seat or standing on the pegs, there is now plenty of room to get that big foot into the correct position to make smooth and positive shifts both up and down. As for the additional clearance " the fact that the lever now sticks out further " it took about three gear changes to get used to that. Bottom line"wouldn't it be nice if all motorcycle-related problems were this easy to solve!"

Length Choices: We make two versions of this shifter, the KA-8 is the same length as the OEM shifter. The KA-8L is 1" longer. Please select below.

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  • reading the info on this has me asking a question, is the peg itself longer? Trying to learn on klr 650 and have noticed that the stock peg is difficult to get my foot under with my boot, the length of the shifter bar is plenty far enough but the peg is just to short for my liking and want to extend just the peg. would this product solve my problem?
    Question by: josh on 2018-04-17 19:32:00

    The Shifter is 1" longer tha stock. You can also set the hight of the shifter by moving it up 1 spline as needed.

    Answer by: Tim on 2018-04-17 15:32:00
  • G'day Mate,I have read elsewhere that some some of the after market klr650 extended shifters will also fit a klr250. Is this the case with your product?Cheers
    Question by: Lachlan on 2017-06-19 20:14:00

    I can't confirm that the two shifter would interchange.

    Answer by: Tim on 2017-06-19 16:14:00
  • what year KLR 650's Is this compatible with ? I have a 1993!
    Question by: Ian on 2016-09-28 01:28:00

    Happy Trails Heavy Duty Shifter +1" Kawasaki KLR650 All Years

    Answer by: Tim on 2016-09-27 21:28:00
  • Will this work on a gen 1 with Sw-motech crash bars,
    Question by: David on 2016-09-16 01:18:00

    Either of the shift levers will work.

    Answer by: Tim on 2016-09-15 21:18:00
  • What is Overall length of 1in longer lever...Thanks Ian
    Question by: Ian Voboril on 2016-09-12 22:32:00

    That is hard to describe and be relevant.  The overall longest measurement is 9 3/4".

    From the center of the spline to the outside of the rubber is about 5 3/4".

    One inch longer than stock is the best description.

    Answer by: Tim on 2016-09-12 18:32:00
  • What is the length of the "L" shift lever? I am struggling with a F650GS with new pivot pegs and space to shift lever.
    Question by: Tom Bartley on 2016-05-23 16:57:00

    The KLR shift lever is unique to the KLR. The splines and bends would not be compatible with you GS.

    Is your shifter steel or aluminum? Either could be modified by someone.

    Answer by: Tim on 2016-05-23 12:57:00
  • 2015 KLR650. Just tried my new O'neal MX boots and had real difficulty getting my toe under the stock shifter. Is this product designed to solve that issue?
    Question by: Bob Christensen on 2016-04-12 03:17:00

    Dave Despain States: "You may or not you view the KLR650 shift lever as a known weak point but we of the Sasquatch or "Bigfoot" persuasion can guarantee you that the shifter is a problem. Put on a pair of dirt riding boots anywhere north of size 12 and no matter how you adjust it, you will likely be unable to get your toe under the lever to execute proper gear changes. The solution is an inch longer shifter and the Happy Trails version offers obvious advantages. In addition to the added length, the lever boasts a lot more beef; it is simply a heavier and stronger piece, and nicely finished too. The Happy Trails shifter also addresses the inherent problem with a longer lever. The business end of the stock shifter swings in an arc for which clearance has been cast into the side cover. Thus when we "Bigfoots" (as we must) extend the lever by an inch, we find that it now extends beyond that clearance. This increases the likelihood that the shifter might puncture the case, given just the right impact. Thus the Happy Trails shifter incorporates a large (more than 1 inch) round surface facing that side case, designed to spread any such impact and reduce the chances of case damage. In addition, the Happy Trails shifter increases the clearance between the shifter and the case to roughly one-half inch, meaning the meaty part of the lever will have to bend a long way before shifter meets case. I would say odds of that happening are close to zero. So how does it work? Well, for one who has been up-shifting with the back of his heel for way too long, it is simply magic. Sitting on the seat or standing on the pegs, there is now plenty of room to get that big foot into the correct position to make smooth and positive shifts both up and down. As for the additional clearance " the fact that the lever now sticks out further " it took about three gear changes to get used to that. Bottom line"wouldn't it be nice if all motorcycle-related problems were this easy to solve!"

    Length Choices: We make two versions of this shifter, the KA-8 is the same length as the OEM shifter. The KA-8L is 1" longer. Please select below.

    Answer by: Tim on 2016-04-11 23:17:00
  • Does the 1" longer shift lever work with your Happy -Trail skid plate? Or is the skid plate in the way?ThanksKen
    Question by: Ken on 2016-03-30 16:14:00

    The 1" longer shifter works fine our skid plate.

    Answer by: Tim on 2016-03-30 12:14:00