Once a shifter fell off a old custom shovel we were with.We took a small pair of vice grips and got them as tight as we could get them together on the shaft then warp duct tape around the handles.He rode the two hours home that way.
Met two young guys out side of Harrodsburg before we had the bypass around 81.Was on a GS1100 Suzuki and they were on a 650 Yamaha brit lookin twin and a GS550 Suzuki four.The Yamaha had broken a clutch cable down low.I have took them and loop around my had if broke at top.They were headed to the Suzuki/Yamaha dealer on other side of town.They asked me to go to the shop and tell them to come and pick it up."Have you ever rode a sport bike this big,"I asked.The yamaha rider told me his dad had one just like it and had let him ride it often.Let them push me and put it in second after letting all the way off the gas.Told one to get in front and other behine with lots of room."If I have to kill it at a light we just do it again",told them.
Luck was with us and made it through all lights with out a stop or having to kill it.They acted like that was the greatest thing They had ever seen.About anyone thats rode long and do much roadside have done it I bet.Old dirt bike rides about all have come out of the sticks with a broken cable at one time or the other.After rolling not that hard just stay away from everyone
.Just let up shift and not hard.You can do it with old cars/trucks allso.