Hard down shifting


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TKM51
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Hard down shifting

Postby TKM51 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:35 pm



As the bike gets warm after a long ride ,it seems to be more difficult to downshift I usually gear down when coming to a stop . Also if i stop it is almost impossible to bring it up to neutral If i want neutral it has to be hit before i stop. Or shut the bike off. Is this a clutch adjustment ?
Terry



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Maz
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Re: Hard down shifting

Postby Maz » Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:23 am

Sounds like clutch is dragging. Needs adjusting at cable ends and, to do it properly, at the adjuster mechanism inside the rear cover too.
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TKM51
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Re: Hard down shifting

Postby TKM51 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:05 am

Maz
i was hoping for something easy- Inside the rear cover is a fall project- Am I doing damage ,if i leave it for now ?---- I do appreciate the help
Terry

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Re: Hard down shifting

Postby Maz » Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:50 pm

Terry,
Getting to the clutch adjuster behind the cover is an easy job. The adjuster is behind a small round plate secured with two 10mm bolts. They are a bit fiddly to get to but not that bad. Once the cover is off, back off the adjustment at the handlebar lever so you have plenty of free play. Then you need to loosen the locknut on the adjuster under the cover that you removed. Turn the screw in until you feel it bottom out, then back it off an 1/8 turn. Tighten the locknut while preventing the screw from turning, then 're adjust at the handlebar end so that you have a little free play (you should be able to pull the lever back about 1/2 to 3/4 inch at the end before you feel resistance). That should do it.
As for damage if you leave it, yes, eventually you may damage gears or shift forks.
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TKM51
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Re: Hard down shifting

Postby TKM51 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:05 pm

Maz
i will give it a try . It's over 30C here so it may be a while before any adjustments are attempted
thanks for the help
Terry

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Re: Hard down shifting

Postby dingdong » Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:21 am

Proper procedure for clutch adjustment. Taken from Randakks blog.

Before you begin, loosen the adjuster at the handlebar perch and screw the barrel all the way in. Also, loosen the lower adjuster locking nut (where the clutch cable enters the rear housing) and screw the adjustment barrel all the way in (this would be clockwise from above). You should now have lots of slack in your cable.

1 Remove the small access cover at the rear of the engine. I use a 10 mm socket on a ¼” racket. This is the semi-impossible part of the job. Now loosen the clutch actuator lock-nut and run the adjustor all the way in until you feel slight resistance (using a small screw-driver). Back the adjuster out ¾ turns and tighten the locknut. Replace the access cover and the worst is over!
2 Rotate the lower cable adjustment barrel (counter-clockwise from above) until you have about 5/8″ play at the end of the handlebar lever. Now tighten the lower lock-nut.
3 Final free-play adjustment is made at the handlebar lever. Set this according to preference, but it should be in the neighborhood of ¼” to make sure you get full disengagement of the clutch. These should be at least SOME free-play or you run the risk of damage to the clutch.
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TKM51
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Re: Hard down shifting

Postby TKM51 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:13 pm

It has been a while ,the weather finally broke cooler --did the clutch adjustment as suggested here --Ran through a tank today It feels like a new bike upshifting downshifting . I can hit neutral while stopped.No slippage at high speed ,low speed or starting out I need to put the access cover back and the project is complete Over the years it just gradually got worse without me noticing I do appreciate the help
regards
terry

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Re: Hard down shifting

Postby spiralout » Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:51 pm

TKM51 wrote:It has been a while ,the weather finally broke cooler --did the clutch adjustment as suggested here --Ran through a tank today It feels like a new bike upshifting downshifting .

Glad it's shifting well. A properly adjusted cable works wonders. Around here, if I couldn't fix mine or someone else's broken stuff when the weather was mid to high 80's, I'd never get anything done until December ;)
Today was the coolest day we've had since May and the heat index was still around 97F. The heat sucks but at least we can ride year round and don't have to deal with the bugs and snow like in Canadia :P :P




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