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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-24-2019, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Pawl Issue?

I just got this bike running after sitting for 19 years, but the bike is stuck in neutral. There is no horizontal movement, and the shifter springs back. Here's a video.
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If the shifter springs back, it's probably not the spring, but maybe the pawl itself is kicked out of place.

Edit: Section 8-20 of the download manual... There's a shift cover with four bolts, but it says to pull the bevel gear first. No need to pull the engine to see the shift pawl.
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So what you're telling me is that there's a chance the engine won't come out, right?!
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So what you're telling me is that there's a chance the engine won't come out, right?!
Edit: Section 8-20 of the download manual... There's a shift cover with four bolts, but it says to pull the bevel gear first. No need to pull the engine to see the shift pawl.

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I will get a better video in a little bit, over my lunch break. I am hoping there might be other options to try/inspect before pulling the engine? If the engine comes out, I can use the opportunity to paint it black... so at least there’s a silver lining


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Have you tried rolling/rocking it slowly while trying to shift into first? Might not help, but you never know.

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Another idea ... The rear splines could be stripped out. Should still feel the shifter going into first though.

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I will try rocking it. There is 0 engagement on the shifter, and by that, I mean you cannot feel it start to engage. It does click, pop or creak. I will try rocking it and warming it up once I get home, and send a video. I have not seen any threads with a similar problem, so this should interesting!
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Hopefully these will show what’s going on. There’s about a 1/16th” of horizontal play. Rocking does nothing and warming up doesn’t do anything.


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Second video. The rear cylinder is leaking coolant pretty badly from where the hose comes into the cylinder.


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