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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-03-2017, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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5th and 6th Upshift

Hey guys,

I'm wondering if anyone else has the same issue... Maybe I broke it in wrong???

Let's get few facts out of the way first.
- It has a little over 500 miles on it now.
- I didn't break it in hard, I have had some spirited shifting during miles 400 and 500.
- No issues during down shift.

Here are a couple of things I'm noticing.
- There was a clean and clear click during all the up shifts when I first riding the bike.
- Now during gears 4, 5, and 6 there seems to be less of a click.
- It's extremely relevant in gear 5, 4 and 6 only happens once in a while.
- I have tried to change the pressure on the clutch, it sometimes helps and other times not at all.
- I have also tried applying the throttle in the friction zone, again it's hit or miss.

Thank you for your insight.
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Zilla,

At what speed(s) are you making your shifts?

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you should try some Bimmer (I come from two, F 650GS Dakar-extremly-hard-to shift and R 1150RS-little-more cultivated, bit still kinda rough), there you could get all sorts of noises, clicks, very hard-to-change gears...
ok, more serious, I notice this also, and mine have 5000kms on odo, It's just nature of the beast, me think
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Maybe tighten up the clutch cable a bit?

Mine had developed a bit of excess slack after a while, so I readjusted the tension when I installed the shorty levers.

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Zilla,

At what speed(s) are you making your shifts?

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From my best estimation I do tend to be aggressive in the lower gears.
  1. 1st to 2nd: 12 to 15 mph.
  2. 2nd to 3rd: 15 to 25 mph.
  3. 3rd to 4th: 28 to 32 mph.
  4. 4th to 5th: 35 to 40 mph.
  5. 5th to 6th: 40+
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From my best estimation I do tend to be aggressive in the lower gears.
  1. 1st to 2nd: 12 to 15 mph.
  2. 2nd to 3rd: 15 to 25 mph.
  3. 3rd to 4th: 28 to 32 mph.
  4. 4th to 5th: 35 to 40 mph.
  5. 5th to 6th: 40+
Zilla,

From 4th to 5th try taking it up to 40/45 MPH

5th to 6th make sure you are above 50 MPH

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Zilla,



From 4th to 5th try taking it up to 40/45 MPH



5th to 6th make sure you are above 50 MPH



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I agree, but also add, you can push all of these another 10mph without hurting the bike.

Also, why bother using sixth gear? Unless you're cruising on the highway...


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Thank you all,


It'll be raining heavy all week where I'm at this week but will definitely try it out before it gets too cold!
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***Update***

So I tried the mentioned speed gear changes, it helps but it seems 5th and 6th just are an issue for me.

I also tried more relaxed gear changes but the problem seemed to still exist.

It's going into the shop soon for winter storage, hopefully the kinks can be resolved for next season.
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