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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-19-2017, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Gear Selection Problem

After I crashed my bike launching in first gear, I seem to have an issue with the shift lever. Basically, right after the crash, I tried pulling the clutch in and going into first gear, the neutral light would go out, but the lever would not press all the way down, and soon as it came back up the neutral light came back on. It would keep doing this for a bit. I tried rolling it around, and sometimes it would allow me to go into gear, sometimes same issue, stuck in neutral. When I tried rolling it by hand while holding the gear selector down, it would pop all the way down into first. Now, it seems to go between first and neutral no problem, but I haven't tried rolling it again to see how that would impact it. However, the one thing I currently find odd: I can shift it between first and neutral without even holding the clutch in. So what could I be looking at here?
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without the engine running, shifting from first to neutral (and vice versa) is possible, just depends on how everything in the trans lines up.

what side did you drop the bike on? if on left side, possible the lever is bent and not clearing the frame, its pretty close tolerance.

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It went down on the left, from what I see (then again, I don't have experience in motorcycle mechanics) it looks ok, as if it is still clear of any obstructions to move, I just had to roll it around before it would let me go into first, and on a few occasions, I had to hold down the lever as far as it would go (about halfway to first), and while rolling it would drop from halfway position to all the way down into first.

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probably nothing wrong. the transmission has a 'positive neutral finder' feature that only allows neutral to be selected if your going slow or stopped. also will prevent shifting to second unless a certain speed is attained, which at that time, it will shift from 1st to 2nd without the possibility to get neutral

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probably nothing wrong. the transmission has a 'positive neutral finder' feature that only allows neutral to be selected if your going slow or stopped. also will prevent shifting to second unless a certain speed is attained, which at that time, it will shift from 1st to 2nd without the possibility to get neutral
But the problem was that it was stuck in neutral, it took me a few rolls and sometimes a "roll and push the shifter down" to get into first gear.

I haven't tried fully starting the bike yet, so I'm not sure how it'll go with the engine on, if it'll even turn on, that is.

I'm gonna try to look into it further when I get back from vacation, I'm just trying to get an idea what I could be looking at.

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