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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-16-2015, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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I had just done the ear shave had tanks and fenders painted a rims powder coated and done some other tidy up work. My fear is that while my dad and brother were trying to move the bike my brother pushed to hard on the shifter and now it seems to have a little more springy action and not as stiff as it should be. I was able to ride once I got the bike from neutral to 2nd and it shifted up and back down to ride but always come to rest in neutral. Wasn't exactly going in to 2nd from neutral that great either.
No engine removal done.
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sounds like the Positive neutral finder is binding up inside the transmission.
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Is that engine removal or clutch basket?
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Just to get the whole picture... I had some issues with the petcock about a month ago and had fuel leak into the crankcase. I thought since I had to change the oil again it would be a good time to clean the carbs do the ear shave and have the bike painted. While assembling the bike with the help of my dad and brother we attempt to move the bike( getting ate by mosquitoes by my dad's tomato plants) apparently the brakes were locked on the front after putting the front wheel back on so it didn't move very freely my brother said he thought the bike was in gear and pulled up with his toe and nothing and then pulled clutch and pressed to get it into forst nothing.. He said he realized he either had the front axle bolts to tight or the front calipers were locked. It was the brakes. He and my dad was able to move the bike and while I was at work finished up! When I got off work and tried to ride I couldn't get the bike in gear at all the bike was in neutral and nothing I did could get it into first. Once the bike was warmed up with a lot of kicks up I was able to get it into 2nd and rode off 2-5 and back to neutral still couldn't get 1st. So back to 2nd I went but I had trouble getting it to go and as I rode it got a little better still not great. I thought maybe the gas had washed the transmission clean and after sitting for about 3 1/2 weeks it just needed some riding to get the oil flowing but no such luck same problem again today. No first and inconsistent to 2nd. I'm at a loss the bike shiftedpperfectly before all the work and now this! I'm afraid my brother may have been a little to forceful! Any help or suggestions appreciated! !
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Was able to find 1st Once today but once back to neutral it was same ole struggle again.
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Nobody has a thought? ?
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My thoughts are bent shift rod, or poorly adjusted clutch fork.
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How much pressure would it take to bend a shift rod?
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I know some members here have broken theirs, simply by downshifting too hard. Any amount of excessive force is no good.
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Engine removal?
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