Imagine yourself at the drag strip, side by side with your competitor. As the two of you await the green flash of light, the person in the opposing lane doesn't know that you're armed with a Pingel Easy Shift kit. Your opponent's forced to go the traditional route of shifting through the gears by way of clutch and shift lever, but you have an advantage because you're shifting via the push of a button. A matter of seconds or fractions of seconds determine the outcome of who crosses the line first, and those precious seconds are so...precious. With the Pingel Easy Shift kit, you just might gain that edge.
Pingel Enterprise has been in business since 1967, and offers a large volume of aftermarket motorcycle parts. The Pingel Easy Shift kit is a universal kit for FLH, Softail, Dyna, V-Rod, and Sportster models, including multiple imports. According to the head honcho, Wayne Pingel, with the push of a button an electric current moves to the shift solenoid, making the plunger from the shift cylinder move up or down while simultaneously interrupting the ignition coils, momentarily taking the load off the drivetrain for smooth full throttle shifting. To activate the system, start the bike in Neutral, and pull the clutch while pushing either the top or bottom button for 5 seconds. Now you're ready to go. You only need to pull the clutch lever when starting the bike for the first time, stopping, or finding Neutral. But you can also still manually shift at any time.
We found an '04 VRSCB owner by the name of Aaron Aubrey who had done multiple customizations to his bike, and it was begging for even more of a custom edge. We packed up our camera gear and headed to Anaheim-Fullerton Harley-Davidson to gain some insight by watching technician Matt Cortez go to work on the install.