Trouble shifting into first

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Trouble shifting into first

Post by SgtCharlie » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:56 pm

Cool, good advise.
This is sort of off topic but maybe you'll forgive me;
I've been having more and more trouble getting her to go into first gear. When I down shift at stops she wants to stay in Neutral and I end up having to really hit the shifter hard to get it into first. I've got after market heel-toe shifter on it. Do you know how to adjust it to make down shifting easier?
Thanks for any help ya'll can provide.
Gods Bless!

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Re: Trouble shifting into first

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:23 pm

I split this off to its new topic.

I can think of three things off the top of my head that can cause this:

- Oil. Try a different oil.

- Bent/loose shifter arm - could be bent from being slammed by the heel/toe shifter. Could also be loose - see GL1500 shift shaft stabilizer mod. No drilling.

- Bent shifter fork - again, from being slammed by a heel/toe shifter (those things are really not kind to transmissions). You don't want it to be this - it requires major surgery on the engine (splitting the case) to fix.

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Re: Trouble shifting into first

Post by Mag » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:38 pm

Mine was that way, and I took off the shifter and back to pegs, and vioala! Shifting smooth as silk. I was way more used to pegs and standard shift than the heel/toe. I did check the shifter to make sure it was not bent and such, and it was straight as arrow, so it musta been just me.

So...question to you...though it is work....does it shift with the heel/toe linkage not on the bike? That will tell you if it is the Markland or the bike I would think.

Admin can also correct me if I am wrong...he teaches me to run a "different" path than what I take all the time...for good reason, lol.

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