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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-31-2014, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Can't shift into 2nd and beyond

I recently flushed the cooling system and changed the oil in my '86, but wasn't able to take it out for a few days due to rain, so it sat on the center stand in the garage.

When I did go to take it out I noticed I could only shift into 1st and neutral, but not 2nd (or higher). I went ahead and inspected the shift pawl (saw this on other threads), and it seems OK. When trying to get into 2nd I can't tell if I'm hitting resistance somewhere, and that's why the lever won't move far enough to shift... Or if there's damage to the transmission itself.

I'm pretty new to bike mechanics, so any advice would be appreciated. From what I can tell after following the Haynes manual, I may need to inspect the transmission, thoughts before I tear apart a bike for the first time?
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Are you trying to shift while moving or standing still? If you are trying from a stop, spin the rear tire while trying to shift. The bike won't pop into second gear from neutral unless the rear tire is moving.

If you are already moving while trying to shift....then you might need to inspect your transmission.

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Thanks for the tip!

When I originally noticed the problem I did try getting into second while moving with no luck, but...

Now that I have it disassembled (bevel gear and clutch plates removed), if I turn the output shaft by hand I can shift through all gears. I'm worried I'll put it back together and have the same problem. Any suggestions on things to double-check before putting it back together?
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Just check your Clutch plates and steels for wear and the clutch basket where the plates slide in for wear. Put it back together and make sure to adjust the clutch properly, if nothings worn,I'd say you'll be fine.

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+1 on this being the "positive neutral" feature. How did it turn out?

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