Is it me or do these bikes shift like crap ? I have 200 miles on my 2012.
Hey, I didn't know Amsoil's AMO 10W-40 had the JASO MA spec. It retails for less than MCL 10W-40, and even a bit less than my AFF 0W-40. :thumb:As far as I've seen on these forums, all the Vs have that clunk into first. I've been running Amsoil AMO 10W-40 and Mobil 1 4T oils with good results. Most shifts are much smoother now than they were with the factory fill. Nothing I've seen suggests that the longevity of the transmission will be affected by the shifting.
You may have to remove the footpeg from its mount to access the shifter's main pivot, to clean and grease it. There are seals there, but it likely wasn't properly packed with grease... Use NLGI #2 grease. You can also spray some chain lube on the shifter rod ends, under their rubber boots.I will have to try that, I have tried moving the shift lever up and down to change the pressure on my boot. Havn't found a decent combination yet. Sometimes it is though it doesn't clunck into 3rd until the shifter is fully released. Like it has to use the full range of up and down movement to engage. Shift lever clicks up, release, still in 2nd gear. It does seem to shift better at higher RPM's though. I will probably talk to my dealer about it, have had 50 or so bikes and this one shifts worse than anything I have ever owned. I really love the bike other than that.
+1. This bike is new to me - and the clunky seemed extreme to me. But the fine folks on here assured me it was normal - and as long as I pre-load 2nd gear - no more clunk. 2nd is the only one that does it for me - so maybe the mileage already on the bike has taken care of 3-6???Yeah...she's clunky. I find that pre-loading the shift lever and then barely pulling the clutch, she shifts in effortlessly..........
Make sure you are using a JASO-MA certified oil. They have additives that make the transmission shift a lot smoother than when you use a car oil. Also for smooth shifting you need to pre load the shifter with light upward pressure.Is it me or do these bikes shift like crap ? I have 200 miles on my 2012.