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Hard Shifting?

Does anyone notice how hard the Versys shifts? I've tried adjusting and changing habits but still seems not to be the smoothest shifting. I grew up with MotoX bikes and it seemed like you didn't have to move the lever very much to shift, and this is my first street bike and it seems like a big step and a hard shift. I have kinda grew into it but figured I'd mention it to see if anyone else notices this.
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I would say it doesn't shift as smooth as some other bikes I have owned. Noticed it, but doesn't seem to be a problem. But, yeah, I agree- not the smoothest shifting bike I have ever owned.
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Yep, it's been discussed a few times. Some say it's a problem, others say no it's not. Now that I've had mine a year, I hardly even notice it any more. Not sure if it's better, or I'm just used to it...



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How does it go into first gear? If it's very notchy you might need the clutch adjusted. I find the bike shifts fairly smoothly, and I came off a BMW which shifted very smoothly.

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it gets more and more slick as you use it.
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Mine seems ok except from first to second, but it does like a firm shift.

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Yeah, it is a bit firm to shift, I've noticed it too, not a big deal, but not a slick as I would have liked.
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I think it's pretty decent. Apply a little pressure to the shifter before clutching. It'll shift quick and easy.
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Lube the shift lever linkages once in a while... Lever was a bit close to footpeg, so I straightened out the arm slightly for better control with size 12 boots. Amsoil synthetic helped too. The V shifts pretty good, although a bit loudly.

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Used a ring spanner to bend out the gear lever a bit.
Adjust the hand clutch lever play as you prefer.
This is the second gear lever and pegs as it broke when had a crash a few months back.
The first gear in when in the mornings is pretty loud. It okay after a while.
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I had a block of wood between lever and foot peg mount to bend it out without stressing the bushing.

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Adjust the hand clutch lever play as you prefer.
The first gear in when in the mornings is pretty loud. It okay after a while.
More clutch disengagement with well adjusted clutch cable, and lever far enough from handlebar helps. It is harsh going into 1st gear at fast idle when engine is still cold. Holding the clutch lever in for a few seconds more before slaming it into gear is said to help, but I haven't tried it yet. I just wait for fast idle to go down enough... I did back off the secondary TPS to reduce the cold fast idle tendency and rpm when I adjusted the main TPS to spec.
Looks like you also replaced the shifter rubber cover. My original one with its thin ribs was already worn out at 2600 Kms. I upgraded it with a Yamaha # 132-18113-01 for about $2. Easy to slip on after warming it up with a hair blower.

Hell of a F1 race in Malaysia (Sepang) this weekend, stlee29. Looks like starting it at 5 pm this time of year was not a good idea at all. Very interesting season so far though...
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G'Day Invader,

You are +1 on the letting the bike properly warm up before engaging 1st gear.
Guess have to get the oil circulating the engine nicely first. Will try it by putting in 1st gear gently in as you suggested.

Used the Honda EX5 (100cc) kick starter rubber for the shifter lever cover.
My wife and mum use the bike for their daily going around town.
Had a spare Fiamm horn and fix that on that small handy bike.

It sure was a wet and wild F1 race. It was going to be a powerboat race.
Hope the F1 guys don't have it starting again at 5pm (instead of 2pm) here. I was curious when I turned on the telly because it has only been raining heavily during that time this past 2 weeks (plus darkness sets in early when it rains).

Good thing they stopped the race. Safety first, Still more Racing weekend action coming up. Can't wait for the Motogp next week

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Wow, cool blue EX5! Is that your home? It looks like paradise on earth...
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Thank you, Invader. I am sure your home is also A+ That's also for the rest of the Guys/Gals. Home is where the Heart is
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Mine shifts okay going thru the gears (but not great) but is pretty notchy on downshifting.
I've checked the obvious stuff, gonna switch to synthetic on the next oil change.
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