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Shifting stiffly

I just passed 30.000 on my 08 and my trannie has been hard shifting this last week. Ok, just a dirty loose chain. So I popped it up on the stand, cleaned an lubed and set the slack. Problem solved. Nope! On the way to work it was still the same. Hard to shift and the shift lever seamed slow to return. Well now i'am realy bummed out.
Later at work I am ranting to some of my fellow riders and a Harley rider tells me to lube the shift lever. Seems his harley had the same problem. The shift linkage pivot shaft drys out and it is exposed to lots of rain. So I dashed out side, trusty oil can in hand, problem solved. Wow! I'am in lust again.
So a word to the wise guys and gals. Check your pivot points. And use a good lube.
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Remove your left footpeg to clean out and grease pack the shifter's main pivot. You can also spray some chain lube on the links under the rubber boots at both ends of the adjuster rod.
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Good tip. Will do that but what grease are you guys using? I have Red Lithium aerosol package.

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For the main pivot, I use molybdenum fortified NLGI #2 synthetic grease (Amsoil), as you would use for wheel bearings and ball joints, etc... There's a seal at both ends, and footpeg mount has to be removed to clean it out and properly pack it with good grease.

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Good catch, using white lithium grease in a spray can having a thin plastic pipe.

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Remove your left footpeg to clean out and grease pack the shifter's main pivot. You can also spray some chain lube on the links under the rubber boots at both ends of the adjuster rod.
Gets my vote I have to do this about twice a year riding the bike everyday.
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Zerk

I thought about drilling and tapping for a grease zerk while I have it off. Maybee next year I won't have this problem.


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