I was reading through threads on the forum today and just happened to see the thread "BOLT CHECK" started by fellow member karazy. Have you ever done some routine maintenance to your bike and thought to yourself, "Hey, maybe I should start a thread and mention something that I found while performing some maintenance item.". I bet the thought has occurred to more than a few of us, and we might have never bothered to share thinking that well, it might be a no brainer and why bother because most people would think to check it themselves. Karazy was doing some routine maintenance to his bike and noticed that the bolt on his shifter arm was loose, so he tightened it up and posted a thread suggesting that maybe it was worth a look for the rest of us. After reading his thread I went down to check the bikes in the garage. I had the battery charger hooked up to the battery on wife's 96 VFR and I needed to go check and see if it was fully charged and since it was good to go, I removed the charger and put the battery back up on the shelf. I purchased the 96 VFR for my wife in September of 2013 and it has only seen about 500 km's of use, by me, since it was purchased. My wife used to ride with her ex and when we got together she had her own bike. She owned a 1985 CB750 Nighthawk and when she decided to sell it just prior to becoming pregnant with our son Liam as she did not think there would be much time to ride. Now that he is 7 and is my riding buddy, Angie wanted to return to the world of biking so that once our daughter Chantal is big enough to ride she could ride pillion with my wife. To that end end, Angie found a nice 96 VFR for sale locally and we brought it home. Prior to starting riding again, Angie decided to take the prudent measure of taking a motorcycle safety course to brush up on her skills. Unfortunately, this year, life got in the way, and she has not yet taken the course and the 96 still sits in the garage virtually unused, but with a few extra shiny parts and some other maintenance items that I have performed since the bike came home. Getting back to the topic at hand, I checked the shifter arm bolt on my bike after reading karazy's thread. The bolt on my bike was good and snug, but when it came time to check the wife's bike I discovered the bolt was totally loose. The bolt did not however stick up at all. Visually it looked tight, and even though I had ridden it a couple of times had honestly not noticed the shifter being loose. Perhaps the bolt may have been holding on by a thread, literally. I removed the bolt only to find that the threads on the bolt about half way up were, well, gone. I removed the shifter arm and checked there as well, and the threads were badly marred and almost gone. Perhaps the previous owner stripped the threads by mistake or cross threaded them but, regardless, they were gone. It would appear that I now need to order a new shifter arm and bolt to replace the one on my wife's bike. The splines on the shaft and the shifter arm appear to be fine and undamaged so, there at least, things are fine. Now, would the bolt fall out while riding and the shifter arm fall off?? I suppose the possibility is certainly there, and could this lead to a disastrous mishap?? Hard to say I suppose. The fact of the matter remains, that it is not a bolt I would have really thought to check as it is one of those innocuous bolts that one would ASSUME would be tight. In over 20 years of riding, the only time I have ever removed the shifter arm on one of my bikes is on my 97 VFR when I removed it to have it chrome plated when I had some other parts done. I was doing some farkling, what can I say?? Thanks to to karazy, I was able to catch something that might have gone un-noticed. Would something terrible have happened?? I shudder to think of what COULD have happened. THE POINT YOU ASK...........of all this incessant rambling. The next time you are doing some work to your bike and you think, "Hmmmm, is this simple maintenance item on my bike really worth sharing??" The simple answer IMHO, Most definitely. THE LIFE YOU SAVE, MAY BE MORE THAN JUST YOUR OWN. I, for one, would like to offer Karazy my heartfelt thanks for mentioning something that he deemed worth sharing, and it would appear that he was not the only one who happened to notice that the shifter bolt was loose.