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not shifting smooth

I was rideing in the rain in a hurry and went into a ditch the other day. I was not hurt except for my pride. The bike seems to be fine but now it is not shifting as smooth as it did b4.

any sujestions b4 i start to open her up and look around forthe culprit.

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Glad you weren't hurt.

Not sure which side you fell on. Did your run into the ditch bend the shifter or clutch lever? Did you get some dirt onto the clutch cable so it's binding? Did the clutch cable housing get bent so the cable doesn't slide freely? Is the clutch lever needing readjustment? Is the outside mechanism of the clutch (where the cable actuates the clutch inside the case) bent or misaligned?


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i have gaurds and all the equipment that prettymuch keeps the bike from any damage and when i washed the mud off their is no visable problem.

but when i shift sometimes it takes a few tries to go into gear.

just looking for some insight of what to look for when open her up.

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How hard did you hit? Do you think you knocked the shift lever at all? Regardless once you get the wet case off you can watching the mechanism while it shifts. That oughta at the very least give you an feeling as to where the problem lies. I just can't think of much internally that could cause that that isn't something big cracked or bent. Maybe it's just something that got knocked loose. Examine everything closely, shift mechanisms are precision clock work and something evenly slightly out of spec can stop the whole show. Let us know what you find.

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Try checking the chain for proper tension. Are you due for an oil change? That's one of the signals.
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Yeah, ditto on the oil change symptoms. Dun forget to check the oil level, it could be low.

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Thanks for the input, that gives me a starting place to look around. not breaking into her untill the next couple of weekends. i'll just have to ride gretchen my 35 yr old german thumper untill she is fixed, if she is even broken,i might be being a little critical of her cuz she still looks fine. jet
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The only other thing I can think of is that when you went off-road you stomped on the shift lever at an inopportune time and damaged the shift fork. I am a greenhorn with transmissions however. Maybe somebody more expert could comment.
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Are the gear shift and clutch levers properly adjusted? Shift lever height and clutch lever distance from the handlebar. Excessive chain slack may also be a factor.
Shifting improves as it breaks in, as well as with a synthetic oil change. My shifting is even better now at 6000 miles.

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The only other thing I can think of is that when you went off-road you stomped on the shift lever at an inopportune time and damaged the shift fork. I am a greenhorn with transmissions however. Maybe somebody more expert could comment.
Greenhorn or not, what you described does happen during accidents or severely botched shifts. I've seen (and had) damaged shift forks, a slightly bent shift shaft rod and even the star selector damaged due to crazy situations on other bikes.

What's curious, is out of 30 years of owning/riding bikes, the only ones I've ever had transmission issues with were Suzuki. Odd coincidences..



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