I have a question about shifting gears


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RBGERSON
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I have a question about shifting gears

Postby RBGERSON » Thu May 22, 2014 5:37 pm



I have noticed that sometimes when I shift I feel the clickety, clack of the gears in the tranny slipping by each other and then a nice smooth engage and sometimes just a nice solid engage almost click-less..this all felt in my toes.

What I am beginning to realize is if the rpm's are above 3,000 when I re-engage the gears when shifting it's the latter...smooth but if the rpm's drop too low then I get the clickety/clack before it engages.

So is that normal..higher rpm's on engaging gears is smoother and lower you get gear chatter???


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Re: I have a question about shifting gears

Postby noeleo » Fri May 23, 2014 7:01 am

RBGERSON wrote:I have noticed that sometimes when I shift I feel the clickety, clack of the gears in the tranny slipping by each other and then a nice smooth engage and sometimes just a nice solid engage almost click-less..this all felt in my toes.

What I am beginning to realize is if the rpm's are above 3,000 when I re-engage the gears when shifting it's the latter...smooth but if the rpm's drop too low then I get the clickety/clack before it engages.

So is that normal..higher rpm's on engaging gears is smoother and lower you get gear chatter???


Might I suggest that you take note of how you shift? Do you move your foot in a very positive or firm manner or do you softly move the toe? I found that my 1989 GL1500 requires a more positive shift. When I first got this bike, I shifted more softly and resulted in the clickety clack you mentioned.
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Re: I have a question about shifting gears

Postby virgilmobile » Fri May 23, 2014 7:39 am

It's the design of the mechanism.The bikes do not have synchronizing gears like the old cars did.It has a much less elaborate design.
I do find that the faster the gears turn,the easier it is for them to find there spot to slide into.
Some call it synchro shifting.
When I pay attention,I actually shift fast,just as the clutch releases and the rpm has leveled off(not dropped)...kinda like accelerate to 3500 rpm,let it level off(no more accelerating,no decelerating)pull in the clutch and snap the shifter firmly before the rpm's drop more that a few hundred.
I can get a nice click.If I'm lazy,I get a clunk.
I don't get anal about it,I've never damaged a transmission either way.

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Re: I have a question about shifting gears

Postby virgilmobile » Fri May 23, 2014 7:44 am

By the way,have you looked at your shifting arm close?
Many 1500's do suffer from "loose shifter shaft" syndrome.
Mine did.A modification is now avaiable for this and does improve the lever action considerably for a more positive action.
Other than timing belts,its one of the best improvements for the bike.

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Re: I have a question about shifting gears

Postby RBGERSON » Fri May 23, 2014 9:17 am

Thanks for the answer; kinda what I thought my shifter isn't loose ..yet..but that addition is a good one.


HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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