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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-27-2018, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Gear Selection problem

Hi,

I have an issue with my Versys 1000.

When down shifting:

- Shifting from 2 -> neutral, can't engage
- Gear selection lever feels like pushing against rubber
- Gear selection display shows 2 flashing horizontal lines

- When in neutral, can't select 1st gear
- Gear display flashing 2 horizontal lines

Anyone seen this issue before ? Have discussed with dealer, they have no idea.


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The only issue i had with my V-1000 was going from 4th to 5th which was mostly my fault low rpm or just lazy shifting......If its under warranty i would take it to the dealer and let them figure it out. If they won't do anything go over their head. Contact info is at the back of your owners manual....

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Is this while rolling or while stopped?

My 2015 650 will do those sorts of things sometimes. When rolling it isn't supposed to go from 2nd to N, only from 2nd all the way to 1st. Once in a while I can finesse it into N, but not often. It should shift nicely from 1st to N whether stopped or rolling.

When stopped it seems that sometimes the gear teeth are blocking each other. If I roll ever so slightly forward it will then allow me to shift. This is with the engine running, like at a stop light. If I stopped in 2nd it can sometimes have that rubbery feel and not downshift into 1st until I roll just a little bit or let out the clutch until it just starts getting a bit of friction.

I've never noticed a problem up-shifting.

The exception to all of that was when I adjusted the shift lever to be higher up. My adventure boots are kind of thick from top to bottom, and with the off-road pegs on the bike I need the shift lever higher. If it is a bit too high then it won't shift properly. There is interference somewhere in the shifter linkage. So if you've adjusted that lever up higher, that could be your problem
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Unbolt the gear lever and grease up the pivot point after cleaning it, then reinstall.
You might want to work some grease into the rose joints of the adjusting rod.

Use a quality waterproof grease like Bellray or something.

Wipe off any excess grease.
when the gear lever pivots are dry it can stick. making it hard to get into some gears and not others.
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Is this while rolling or while stopped?

My 2015 650 will do those sorts of things sometimes. When rolling it isn't supposed to go from 2nd to N, only from 2nd all the way to 1st. Once in a while I can finesse it into N, but not often. It should shift nicely from 1st to N whether stopped or rolling.

When stopped it seems that sometimes the gear teeth are blocking each other. If I roll ever so slightly forward it will then allow me to shift. This is with the engine running, like at a stop light. If I stopped in 2nd it can sometimes have that rubbery feel and not downshift into 1st until I roll just a little bit or let out the clutch until it just starts getting a bit of friction.

I've never noticed a problem up-shifting.

The exception to all of that was when I adjusted the shift lever to be higher up. My adventure boots are kind of thick from top to bottom, and with the off-road pegs on the bike I need the shift lever higher. If it is a bit too high then it won't shift properly. There is interference somewhere in the shifter linkage. So if you've adjusted that lever up higher, that could be your problem
Exact same thing on my 2017 650. And I do as you described to re engage

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