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Re: Big boat handling
Before 1970 many bikes had their shifters on the right side. Most British bikes and a few Italian.
as well. It was random. HD offered both. So some left and some right. Then in 1974 US government mandated all bikes sold in the US were right foot brake. Still many flat track race bikes remained reversed so you could shift in a left turn as most tracks are run. And the rear brake doesnít matter much anyway.
Now itís uniform throughout the world to the best of my knowledge. Also prior to 1974 shift patterns were fairly random. Now one down the rest up. That was also mandated by the US government although cars can still have any pattern they want.
Bike was a Birmingham Small Arms BSA circa 1960. Bought it used. Replaced it with a Norton which had the conventional set up.