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Clunky gear change?

Anybody noticed their V having a rough gear change? Mine is a bit clunky, especially when i try to change carefully. I dont especially like when it changes gears with a bang. Am i doing anything wrong? Maybe it will be better when it has run some more miles? (mine is allmost new still) Or maybe my mechanic has put in the wrong oil?


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Lol, ok. Good to know its nothing unusual atleast. Really like the bike exept for the buzz in the speedo and maybe the hard gear change, and the buzz is fixable.


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some say synthetic oil softens the blow, and I'd have to agree. though it may be purely in my head.
that not withstanding...she's built like a brick sh*t house and with practice you too can make smooth as silk shifts. Power-shifting at full throttle is always fun and even smoother.
43 tooth cog on the back really helped smooth things out for me too.
(and I don't miss the Versys' "1st gear" stump-pulling abilities at all).

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I know my Ktm got fairly clunkly when my mechanic mut in a different oil than i normally use, because he said it would lube better at the local temperatures. So that may be the reason. I am due for the first service now(1000km) , and i think they will change the oil.


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with practice you too can make smooth as silk shifts.
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The only clunk I get anymore is plopping it into first from neutral, especially when cold.
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Maybe it will be better when it has run some more miles?


My shifting smoothed out with mileage. I've got a almost 21,000 miles on mine and the transmission shifts very smoothly and works flawlessly. It clunks a little when putting it in first from neutral, but I have never ridden a bike that didn't.

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if your chain is very loose it can also cause your gear changes to be a bit clunky
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Just preload the shifter a bit, tap the clutch, and you're in the next gear.

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Poping into gear or going in quickly is not a bad thing. Dogs will be completely engaged.

Its clunkity. If RPM and speed are correct, I shift firmly and quickly. Its smoother for me at higher RPM.

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Check the lubrication in the shifter pivot axle. Mine dried out from the factory and it was cluck city shifting...
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Poping into gear or going in quickly is not a bad thing. Dogs will be completely engaged.

Its clunkity. If RPM and speed are correct, I shift firmly and quickly. Its smoother for me at higher RPM.

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Great advice! don't toy with it! grab a gear and go. Also don't ***** foot around tapping down into first from neutral.

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Check the lubrication in the shifter pivot axle. Mine dried out from the factory and it was cluck city shifting...
I don't quite understand this. Isn't it lubricated internally? Is this something that can be lubed just from the outside?

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Mine gets a little worse at higher rpms. But i will tighten the chain, lube the shifter and chain and change the oil, and see if it helps. Like i wrote, its due for service anyhow.


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I don't quite understand this. Isn't it lubricated internally? Is this something that can be lubed just from the outside?
He's speaking of the PEDAL pivot. Disconnect the shift rod, remove the pedal, clean it up and grease it. Then re-assemble.

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