Just thought it was a funny story so I figured I would share. I was riding over to Shenandoah Valley to ride the full length of Skyline Drive in Virginia. Everything was going great until I took the exit off of I-64 to find Skyline Drive closed because of icy roads, so I decided to ride route 340 which shadows the Blue Ridge mountains. After about 30 miles on 340 (135 miles into the trip) I decided to stop and get gas and a cup of coffee and as I approached the entrance of the store I went to down shift only to find I had no freakin' shift lever . As I came to a stop in the parking lot all I could think (in a sarcastic little voice inside my head) is "dang I'm glad I let the dealer do the first service 230 miles ago so things like this would not happen". Luckily all the parts were still hanging under the bike on the shift rod so I was able to put everything back together. Well, at least it was an awesome 320 mile ride ;D. I think I will spend a few hours tomorrow checking to make sure all the other parts are tight.