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Hello everyone, finally made an account after perusing the forum for the last 8months. I bought an 09 versys, 8 months ago, and it is my first motorcycle. I've put 10,000 miles on it and just swapped both sprockets and the chain. during a long 2k mile ride to Oregon I noticed the chain was loose, was feeling jerky power delivery, and heard what i thought was the loose chain clashing. While adjusting chain tension I finally noticed that with the clutch disengaged the wheel was still turning, and with the clutch fully engaged it was still making the awful sound, and had a strange jolt.
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I think, in the course of 10,000 miles, I've damaged something by shifting a bunch while not fully disengaging the clutch. And im not sure what to do...
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...I think, in the course of 10,000 miles, I've damaged something by shifting a bunch while not fully disengaging the clutch. And im not sure what to do...
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I have two Vs, w/ about 82,000 miles between 'em. Except for the 1st to 2nd gear changes (UP or DOWN), I RARELY pull in the clutch lever to shift, and have done it that way for years. UNLESS you haven't released throttle pressure when you're shifting, I don't think you've hurt anything.


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[QUOTE=fasteddiecopeman;717370]

I have two Vs, w/ about 82,000 miles between 'em. Except for the 1st to 2nd gear changes (UP or DOWN), I RARELY pull in the clutch lever to shift, and have done it that way for years. UNLESS you haven't released throttle pressure when you're shifting, I don't think you've hurt anything.

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Thanks for quelling my fears.

Seems to be alright, although its kind of always clunked changing between 1st and 2nd. Changed my back sprocket to a 44T and it feels like a new bike, although it doesnt feel like I can pop a wheelie in first anymore
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Welcome !!! I was just in Bakersfield this summer...we rode RT58 from Barstow to San Luis Obispo....58 from Mckitric west....Awsome !!!!

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