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Shifting....

I'm new to the forum, just picked up my Versys yesterday and I am curious is it normal for when shifting gears you hear a positive clunk when going into each gear?
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I have learned to shift smoothly and quietly by putting a slight upward pressure on the shift lever , and simultainously bliping the throttle to idle and fanning the clutch.

Also you should be able to upshift from 2-3 upward with out using the clutch.
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When upshifting, I get a clunk if I shift at a lower speed/rpm. If I wait till the 7-9k range it upshifts like butter.

Downshifting, if you do it to early it clunks. Shift into first at about 15mph or less. After that, not sure, I just do it by feel.

Of course, I haven't been riding too long, so take this with a grain of salt.
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I have learned to shift smoothly and quietly by putting a slight upward pressure on the shift lever , and simultainously bliping the throttle to idle and fanning the clutch.

Also you should be able to upshift from 2-3 upward with out using the clutch.

I would not recommend shifting without using the clutch especially if you’re a beginner (this isn't Super or Moto Cross). You have to know and feel the bike very well in order to accomplish this without hurting your beloved ride.
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It tends to clunk, yes. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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Thanks for the response!! I'm a stickler for break in, so there will be no shifting between 7-9000 rpms for me for a while. Thanks for the straight forward answer Pepe. I'll keep enjoying the bike--raining tonight so no after work ride today, darn!!
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Don't worry too much about it. It gets better as it gets more miles on it. I remember the old honda interstates clunked and i asked the dealer and he said they all did it and no big deal. Some bikes just are smoother than others but it doesn't mean anything. I wear a full face helmet and earplugs and it blocks out most minor noises. Just ride it as that is normal.

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I agree, it does get better, but so far the clunk hasn't gone away completely. After riding it awhile though, you'll get used to it & hardly notice. The Versys is so fun, your giggling will drown out the negatives...



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I have found that when you downshift properly and drop into 1st below 15 mph, it snicks right into 1st with barely a click. When the bike is cold the initial clunk is a little more audible, when it warms up it gets better. I bought the bike with 2500 miles on it, and have since put on 1700 miles, and am running regular mc oil. I will run synthetic next oil change and see if it improves even more.
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Yea I'm sick that its raining and I couldn't go riding. I don't do alot of downshifting, unless nessecary, instead I use the brakes. I was always told that brakes are cheaper than clutches. Really looking forward to after work tomorrow- suposed to be nice!
Is it just me or does the bike seem to hug your legs back? lol
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