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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2007, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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shifting problems....

On the way home from work tonight it seemed like the shifter had a very vague feel to it. The bike was shifting just fine it just felt, well...vague. I had the same boots on that I always wear to work and the only thing I have done is adjust the idle. Shifting to first there was no pronounced thud, just a small click and off I went, all other shifts felt the same. It was hotter today than it has been, I mean a whopping 85 degrees tops. What should I check? I was thinking maybe clutch adjustment, or shift pedal adjustment. I am going to ride it tomorrow with different boots on and see if that makes a difference. thanks.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-10-2007, 01:39 PM
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I notice that when my bike is cold, shifting gears makes a pronounced sound as you stated. When the bike is warm up(temp reading 170-200) the sound is barely there. I have no idea why it does this but I haven't noticed a change in performance or shifting. It's done this since I bought it new with 0 miles on it.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-10-2007, 02:12 PM
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Check your drivechain tension.....a loose(r) drivechain can lend a "vague" feel to shifting.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-10-2007, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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I adjusted the shift lever and I have more feel now I believe it was set way too low. The vague feeling was coming from the shifter resting on my steel toe work boots. I am going to check the chain also I believe that it's due for a good tighten. I also feel that the weak spot in the linkage is the rod, that things just way to flimsy, I believe that it deflects slightly so I am looking for alternatives. Are there aftermarket ones that are stronger without buying entire rearsets? Thanks.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-11-2007, 01:04 PM
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Also understand that if your idle is set too high you will get more of the THUD or CLANK when shifting from N to 1st. That was probably the REAL reason. That is what you changed.. not the shift lever...

Things are status quo
You change "X"
Things are different

What changed? "X" changed!

Which don't mean its changed for the worse.. just that it changed.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-15-2007, 02:44 PM
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You might have some dog**** stuck in it?
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