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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-29-2011, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Bike not shifting

Well took the bike out today and it ran great. Well about 15 minutes ago I was about 1/4 mile from my house, and I lost the shifting on my bike. I can pull the clutch, and the clutch works perfectly. However with the shifter control I can push it down or up and it will not change gears at all. I'm currently stuck in first gear. I have no idea what could have caused this problem to happen. Does anyone have any ideas? And I hope it won't be to expensive to fix either.

I forgot to mention that the shifter lever will return to it's normal position as well. So it just won't shift anymore.

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Look in the forum and check out this recent thread "no gears just neutral" Sounds like it might be the same problem with the shifter pawl.

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I just found that thread.

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There was indeed a problem with the pawl on my bike. It slid back so I slid it forward back into place and tightened everything up, and it now works like a charm.

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I love this forum.
One member in IL posts a problem.
Less than 40 minutes later another member hundreds of miles away in PA posts a possible/probable cause and a simple no cost fix.

Less than 18 hours have passed since the OP and the bike is ready to roll again.
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I love this forum.
One member in IL posts a problem.
Less than 40 minutes later another member hundreds of miles away in PA posts a possible/probable cause and a simple no cost fix.

Less than 18 hours have passed since the OP and the bike is ready to roll again.
Well done guys.
lol very true. I'm still trying to figure out how that part slid back though.

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I'm feeling encouraged! Amazing that it could happen though. I'll be looking for a permanent fix for this issue when I dig into mine. Hopefully this weekend. Thanks!

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Same with mine

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lol very true. I'm still trying to figure out how that part slid back though.
BINGO! Therein lies the big question. I just got mine working again also and it was the same issue as yours. I am hesitant to put the cover back on until I know WHY this occured since I sure don't desire to have it happen again while riding. Should I go ahead and replace the spring? The diagram shows the spring with a curl to it where it holds the pawl in place but can't see that curl on the spring in my bike.

Any input that is helpful is requested. Thanks!
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check the the side to side slide of the shifter....no more than an 1/4 inch play or your screwed.
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Loose spring

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check the the side to side slide of the shifter....no more than an 1/4 inch play or your screwed.
The shifter is excellent. It's the spring that concerns me. I have it off and my hands are so big I'm having a devil of a time getting back into place. There really is no play in the shifter/rod at all so it's fine I'm sure. I think when we went down some washboard road the day it came loose that that is what caused the spring to come loose. I mean this road was a road from hell since nothing has been graded around here for months due to no rain at all since January. All the dirt roads are in horrible shape.

Needless to say I won't be going down any roads like that again.
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