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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-12-2013, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Bike stuck in neutral :(

Well after a short ride today I stopped at a store. When I got on my bike and started it I discovered that my bike will not shift out of neutral. The shift lever moves in the normal motion and springs back to the original position when you let it go. It just won't shift into gear. What is happening?
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First thing I'll ask is, are you pulling the clutch lever all the way in? If so, does it have any slack before disengaging the clutch? If it does, then the cable needs adjusting. There is a course adjustment right by the shifter on the frame. The fine adjuster is at the lever. You will want to lengthen the cable to remove the slack.

Hopefully, your issue is simply a cable adjustment.

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sometimes just rolling the bike forward a bit helps it get into gear

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I recently adjusted the clutch cable. Could I have put too much slack in it? And believe me I have tried rolling it lol including the 2 mile push home....
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I recently adjusted the clutch cable. Could I have put too much slack in it? And believe me I have tried rolling it lol including the 2 mile push home....
How far does the clutch lever pull on before feeling any resistance? Should be no more than a nickel width.

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I recently adjusted the clutch cable. Could I have put too much slack in it? And believe me I have tried rolling it lol including the 2 mile push home....
Hopefully it is just your clutch since you just adjusted it. When you squeeze the lever how much does it move the release lever (and is the gap in the release lever aligned with the line in the housing)? Trust me I had issues with my clutch. At least you and your ride got the chance to "bond" during your walk home.

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Will it go into gear with the engine off?

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No it will not go into hear with the engine off. I haven't been able t check the clutch cable yet because I haven't been home. But I will say that when my clutch cable was adjusted to where the clutch was engaged even when I didn't pull in the lever I adjusted it and turned the udjuster as far as it would go. So maybe I went too far. But I rode it a bit after adjusting the clutch with no problems. So why now?
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It'll either be the clutch cable out of adjustment or the actuating arm might have slipped. This arm is on the left side (when siting on bike) near the bottom of the engine. You can watch it move when pulling clutch lever. When I got my bike back from the shop, they did not set this right and I was unable to get into 2nd gear. It is something to look at anyways.

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Well I dont believe its the clutch cable or the arm after checking into everything. Idk what to do. I need my bike back running pretty quick.
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