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Shift lever/transmission problem? 1 Month, 1 Week ago  
Over the past few weeks I've noticed something strange with my transmission, primarily when downshifting from 3rd to 2nd. It will occasionally (though increasingly) not "reset." The shift lever itself returns to center, but if I go to downshift again it won't shift. Instead, I either have to attempt to downshift several times before it finally drops down into 1st, or I have to ease the clutch out a bit before it will finally downshift. I'm hoping someone here might have some idea of what to look for to diagnose this problem.
 
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Re:Shift lever/transmission problem? 1 Month, 1 Week ago  
You will get some good info soon but I would check the shift linkage adjustment and the clutch adjustment to start.
 
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Re:Shift lever/transmission problem? 1 Month, 1 Week ago  
Lubricate the pivot shaft of the foot shifter. It's probably dry.

(Not WD40, but some real oil.)

You'll find it in the owner's manual.

 
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Re:Shift lever/transmission problem? 1 Month, 1 Week ago  
If you're trying to downshift after stopping then what you're experiencing is normal. Do all of your downshifting before the bike stops rolling and I think you'll find it much easier. The shift mechanism in a motorcycle is different than that in a car.
 
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Re:Shift lever/transmission problem? 1 Month, 1 Week ago  
texasscott1 wrote:
If you're trying to downshift after stopping then what you're experiencing is normal. Do all of your downshifting before the bike stops rolling and I think you'll find it much easier. The shift mechanism in a motorcycle is different than that in a car.


Oh, wow. Didn't think of that. I hope you're not trying to go through the gears while stopped.

It just isn't setup that way. The back tire has to be moving for the shift dogs to engage the gears smoothly.
 
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Re:Shift lever/transmission problem? 1 Month, 1 Week ago  
Lube the shift linkage.
 
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Re:Shift lever/transmission problem? 1 Month, 1 Week ago  
I lubed the shift lever's pivot shaft today using some red wheel bearing grease (the old lube was grease, not oil, so that's what I stuck with). I'm not entirely sure how this could cause the problem, though, because the shift lever moves quite freely and wasn't binding or anything when trying to shift.

I downshift as I'm slowing down, not after I've come to a stop. That's why this problem is so strange, none of my previous bikes have ever done this, though I'm very familiar with being unable to shift while the bike is stopped without rocking the bike forward/backward a bit.
 
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Re:Shift lever/transmission problem? 1 Month, 1 Week ago  
How did you pack grease into to pivots??? All it take is a little spray lube under the rubber covers and into the pivot joints. If you packed red bearing grease into either of the pivots could be adding to the issue. Red bearing grease is a little thick and sticky for that type of joint.
 
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Re:Shift lever/transmission problem? 1 Month, 1 Week ago  
davej wrote:
How did you pack grease into to pivots??? All it take is a little spray lube under the rubber covers and into the pivot joints. If you packed red bearing grease into either of the pivots could be adding to the issue. Red bearing grease is a little thick and sticky for that type of joint.

I think he just used the grease on the pivot shaft, down by the left foot board.

I feel kinda silly. I always try and make sure to use some grease down there when I have it apart, but I've never thought about giving a squirt of lube under the rubber booties at the knuckles on the arm itself. DOH!!!
 
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Re:Shift lever/transmission problem? 1 Month, 1 Week ago  
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davej wrote:
How did you pack grease into to pivots??? All it take is a little spray lube under the rubber covers and into the pivot joints. If you packed red bearing grease into either of the pivots could be adding to the issue. Red bearing grease is a little thick and sticky for that type of joint.

I think he just used the grease on the pivot shaft, down by the left foot board.

I feel kinda silly. I always try and make sure to use some grease down there when I have it apart, but I've never thought about giving a squirt of lube under the rubber booties at the knuckles on the arm itself. DOH!!!


Whenever mine starts to acts up a little that is the main place I spray with lube. Even a little WD40 under the rubber boot frees things up and lets it shift proper again. WD don't last all summer but it works for a couple months.
 
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