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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-09-2017, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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Gear shifting problem

Hi,
I'm having a really weird problem and I've searched Google and couldn't find someone with the same problem as me.
So this is what's happening:
While accelerating, at at least 75% throttle, I'll shift up (doesn't matter what gear I'm shifting to) let's say to 2nd gear and while I'm in 2nd the lever instead of coming back down and getting ready for 3rd, plays freely up and down. The lever won't catch the 3rd gear until I release the throttle.
While the lever plays freely I tried pushing it all the way up and all the way down but the only thing that will lock the lever into it's next position is releasing the throttle.
It's important for me to say that while accelerating normally, it doesn't happen, only when accelerating at 75% or more. I'm thinking maybe it's the lever return spring, but i would like to hear from someone here who might have experience with something similar.
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what gen of versys do you have? as i recall the 3rd gens have a slipper clutch and that will somewhat lock under heavy acceleration

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Check your adjustment with the bike stopped, motor off. Make sure you check travel. How do I know this, I have size 12 boots, I have adjusted the linkage so I can get my boot under, ended up pulling the spline linkage off the shaft, then found it was rotated too much, took it off again and moved back 1 spline. If you have a rear stand, get the wheel off the ground, you should be able to shift up or down, with the motor off and a slight movement of the wheel.
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2009 650 with 110k km
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this sounds really similar to a problem I had...it ended up being that the bolt that holds the shift lever had become loose and the shift lever wouldn't snap back up after shifting...check lever and see if it's loose...
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So long as there hasn't been a crash that pushed in on the shift shaft and damaged shift forks, or possibly some abusive dry shifting, I find most shifting problems can be fixed pretty easily. A lot of riders ride around with the shift lever set too high. Try adjusting your linkage so the lever gives you best mechanical advantage. Used up motor oil with also show itself in notchy shifting. Use motorcycle specific oil. If you are already, experiment with a different brand and/or viscosity.
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I'll be the bad guy here and say that an engine with 110K km (68+ miles) *may* have a shift fork or shift drum or even a gear dog problem. This all depends on mileage, abuse (if any), type of riding, oil used, maintenance performed, and yes, good old wear.

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as i recall the 3rd gens have a slipper clutch
They don't

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as i recall the 3rd gens have a slipper clutch
They don't
They do
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You need to remove your left footpeg to clean out and grease the shifter's main pivot. It's held by an Allen bolt from behind.
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