A gear selector mechanism for performing a gear shifting operation at reduced forces
is disclosed. The gear selector mechanism includes a selector pawl pivotally mounted about
a shaft. The gear selector mechanism also includes a rotatable gear shift plate having a
plurality of radially extending teeth extending around a periphery thereof. Each of the
plurality of teeth has an outer tip and an inner base portion. The selector pawl engages one of
the plurality of teeth in an area adjacent the outer tip at a beginning of the gear shifting
operation. The selector pawl further engages one of the plurality of teeth in an area adjacent
the inner base portion at the end of the gear shift operation.