84 Hard to shift into Neutral

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84 Hard to shift into Neutral

Post by filupsd » Wed May 01, 2013 4:48 pm

I have an 84 Naked which is now running great (carb rebuild). I have been noticing that once the transmission is warm I have a hard time going to neutral when I am parking at work. It is clunky and stiff between first and second when I stop so I just turn off the ignition and either leave it in gear until I leave again or shift it by hand into neutral.

I did change the oil in November but have only ridden about 500 - 600 miles since. I thought I would change it around 1500 miles because I don't know when it was last changed. I also know it wasn't ridden much for several years.

I do have a story that people who have bought older bikes will appreciate. I have been trying to get everything running better while saving up for a carb rebuild. I have put numerous bottles of seafoam through the carbs via direct down the breather method or in the gas. I finally got fed up and took it to the mechanic last month. He called me the next week to show me why it was running so poorly. There was a Mud dauber wasp nest in the plenum that was designating into the carbs and plugging up the jets. Can't have anything sitting in Missouri for long before the mud daubers find it.

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Re: 84 Hard to shift into Neutral

Post by seabee_ » Wed May 01, 2013 8:51 pm

Run 4 ozs of seafoam in the oil before changing oil and filter. It will help clean things out. Run it for about 100 easy miles keeping the rpms below 3500. Do lots of upshifting and downshifting and change the oil while it's still warm. You also might try using diesel oil like Delo LE or Rotella. It helps with the shifting. I use Delo myself and find neutral easier with it.
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Re: 84 Hard to shift into Neutral

Post by artgrantz » Thu May 02, 2013 1:29 pm

I use Mobil 1 synthetic, it makes shifting easier.

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