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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-04-2012, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Bike Won't Shift

Yesterday I rode about an hour with no problems. I put a new chain on and threaded it by cutting the old one and zip tying the new one to it and feeding it on.

This morning when I started my bike the neutral light did not come on and the bike made a slight clicking as I backed her out of the garage. She clicked down into first no problem but as I headed out I could not shift into second no matter how I worked the clutch or shifter and the neutral light never came on.

Any ideas what could be going on?

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Can you still shift to neutral, or are you stuck in 1st? How's your chain slack? Is your shifter sticking? Are you going fast enough to shift in 2nd? How's your clutch cable slack?
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I can shift to neutral but the indicator does not come on. Chain slack is about 1.25". I was going as fast as 17 mph trying to shift up. Clutch slack is good.

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That's weird... Did you use a high power impact wrench on your countershaft nut?

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No, infact I didn't change the sprockets as they are in good shape (2nd countershaft and 3rd rear). When I fed the new chain through could the zip tie have hit and disconnected something near the countershaft sprocket?

When I get home the first thing I'll do is recheck the chain slack and pull the cover.

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Hmm... I don't think a disconnected/dirty/faulty neutral sensor or speed sensor would affect it that way.
Is your shifter operating normally without sticking? You probably have a bent or broken shift fork.

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Is there a reason why you haven't taken off the counter sproket cover and look?


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Yep, it happened when I was on my way to work and I was in a rush and had to park her and drive. I'll check it when I get home.

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Chain was too tight. Five minutes and she was good to go. Thanks as always Invader.

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Right on, El Tig.
I see that the chain slack was my 1st question as a possible cause.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-05-2012, 07:50 AM
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Kind of gives you a little perspective on how much that chain stretches over time.
It's just my opinion...but when one component out of a set is that worn I worry about the mating parts.
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