Disaster on the First Ride of 2014


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rottiman
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Disaster on the First Ride of 2014

Postby rottiman » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:42 pm



Today was the first day the weather was civil enough to ride. Decided to give the 88 it's first excercise of the year. Spent the winter going over it from front to back doing a COMPLETE service. This bike is pristine with only 57000 miles. The first owner babied it after buying it from new.

Anyway, down the road we go and all is wonderful. After about 5 miles I start to slow down to turn left onto another road. I downshifted from 5th to 4th and when I tried to go down to third, nothing was happening. no way would she go anywhere but 4th to 5th or back to forth. I now have a 2 speed transmission. No warning sounds ,no clunks, no nothing. Neeless to say I am baffled and disappointed. Hoping I am not ending up with a pristine parts bike. Anyone have any thoughts as to what might be happening? :oops: :( :oops: :(



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Fatwing Chris
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Re: Disaster on the First Ride of 2014

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:45 pm

Any chance of your shifter linkage being loose?
There have been a fair amount of trans problems reported on the earlier 1500's,but usually you get a bit of a warning.Never had an issue with my 89.Sold it last year with approx 175 k on it.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
Chris
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rottiman
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Re: Disaster on the First Ride of 2014

Postby rottiman » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:08 pm

I think I may have stumbled onto a fix. Over the winter I had installed one of Peppipew's shifter shaft braces. I had installed it in accordance with his instructions. Today was the first I was actually able to drive the bike on the road. When I started working on the problem I discovered that the edge of the brace was just barely binding on the shroud of the lower chrome cover. I apparently had not trimmed enough off of the shroud as the instructions had indicated. Once I really trimmed it back I was able to run the bike thru the gears while jacked up on the lift table and running. Hopefully I believe I have cured it but won't know for sure until I rode test it tomorrow.

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Re: Disaster on the First Ride of 2014

Postby thrasherg » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:09 pm

Glad to hear you found the issue and it hasn't cost too much to fix.

Gary

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Re: Disaster on the First Ride of 2014

Postby seelyark1 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:36 am

Glad to hear that you had an easy fix. Now get out there and put a few more miles on it for me. Have a safe season :D


Ride safe, and smart. Asphalt is like #1 grit sandpaper. Dave


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