I actually checked it out. I only saw the balls/triangle parts in the manual and online, not on my bike. I did put a couple turns on the shift lever bolt that took out about 50% of the slop. There does appear to be some slop in the short shaft that the lever is on, but now it's really not too bad. What must have happened is the lever must have simply loosened up over the riding time. I do like the older splined shaft instead of the shaft with "flats" like the 2001.
Thanks for the help, I am going to hold off tearing into it until it gets worse. I will need to keep it tight to avoid further damage.
John in OK