Can't shift down (or up) anymore
So I took my brand new 2009 Versys out for it's maiden voyage. Let it warm up for few minutes just idling, then went out on the road for the first time. Start of trip: 0 miles.
I was trying to follow the break-in instructions, so I didn't exceed 4k rpms, and was driving on streets with lights and stop signs with speed limits around 25-35mph. I had originally intended to go to a parking lot, but with the heat (90s), and it being my "first ride" I wanted hit the roads first.
It was all going great when I turned onto a road about 3/4 of the way through my circle back towards home when I tried to shift up (going about 35? maybe 40?) and... nothing. The shifter moved, but nothing happened. I thought it was kind of odd, and tried to shift down... nothing. I pulled over and no matter what I tried; engine on, engine off, whatever, it would not shift. At this point, the odometer had 7 miles on it.
I was pretty panicked since it was 930 at night and I didn't have a cell phone and... then I noticed the oil window was ... empty. Actually, it wasn't. I'm just a complete moron and panicked and thought it was empty because the bike was on it's sidestand. I didn't realize you have to put the bike upright to check the oil level. But, at the time, I totally panicked and added more trouble... I walked into a gas station and bought a quart of oil (the only oil they had) and put it in the engine. All I could think is that the engine was blown and I just ruined my brand new bike. But, it started right up and seemed fine except for the fact that I still couldn't shift.
Then I realized at no time was there any oil light while I had the engine running, and 1 quart shouldn't fill it from bone dry... so maybe it wasn't an oil problem, but I still couldn't shift, and I needed to get home. So I clutch-slipped to start (a couple lights and a couple stop-signs) and rode it another 3 miles to get home. I tried shifting the entire time I rode home... but still nothing, no up, no down. The shift lever moved, but I was practically throwing my weight on it and still nothing.
Ok, so I need to drain all the oil and replace with the correct amount of motorcycle oil. I'm hoping that throwing in car oil and having the oil be overful didn't do to much damage in 3 miles of 4k rpm or less. I certainly don't mind doing an oil and filter change tomorrow to correct my stupidity if I didn't cause too much damage by being dumb.
However, I'm still somewhat worried about the transmission/shifter. The clutch seems to work just fine... it completely disengages and I guess it seems to completely engage once I get up to a high enough speed that the engine won't lug. Not even sure what gear it's in, but I am doing 35, maybe 40 mph at 4k rpms.
I read over some threads here about the clutch lever not being adjusted right, or problems with people shifting because of the neutral finder, but... I'm a brand new rider, and don't have much mechanical experience. Although I was hoping to use this bike as an opportunity to develop my mechanical skills, I didn't expect something like this to happen at 7 miles.
Could it really be the clutch cable causing this if the clutch disengages completely when I pull it in all the way?
I tried slowly moving the bike, rocking it back and forth, and none of that helped at all. I also started it and tried the "slowly engage and then quickly disengage" trick some said helped their shifting problems but that didn't seem to help me. Maybe I was doing it wrong? Let clutch out slow until I feel it grab a bit, with steady pressure on the shifter... but nothing. Let it out slow until I feel it grab, then try a hard shift (up or down)... nothing. I don't know.
I sent an e-mail to the dealer I bought the bike from (two actually, since I didn't realize until I got home and read the manual that I misread the oil gauge), but I don't know how much help they'll be as they are 400 miles away.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.