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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Oct 16th, 2005, 6:05 pm Thread Starter
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Occassionally, when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, always at lower RPM's, i.e., 2K maybe 3K, (when in the residential area for example), I seem to end up in Neutral. Only occurs at lower speeds. Is it me getting used to the new KS (422 miles,break in period) or is it something else? I know I should just run through the gears more aggressively, however, there are times when lower RPM's are requires.

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Occassionally, when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, always at lower RPM's, i.e., 2K maybe 3K, (when in the residential area for example), I seem to end up in Neutral. Only occurs at lower speeds. Is it me getting used to the new KS (422 miles,break in period) or is it something else? I know I should just run through the gears more aggressively, however, there are times when lower RPM's are requires.
Gets better with time. Crisp, definite shifts are the order of the day with this xmission. It will not tolerate 'mushy' shifts.

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Occassionally, when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, always at lower RPM's, i.e., 2K maybe 3K, (when in the residential area for example), I seem to end up in Neutral. Only occurs at lower speeds. Is it me getting used to the new KS (422 miles,break in period) or is it something else? I know I should just run through the gears more aggressively, however, there are times when lower RPM's are requires.
LL,

Even after 24,000 miles that happens to me occasionally, usually when I'm tired or just a little too casual. The K12S likes to be shifted with authority.

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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 2005, 3:59 am
 
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Even after 24,000 miles ...
How did you manage to get *24,000* miles on your S in that short time???

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Ken,

24,000 miles... noting the "retired" tag in your profile possibly explains the mileage. If that is the case then I am looking forward to enjoying my "retirement" even more. But somehow I think that whilst my mileage will increase now I have no longer got full time employment to eat into my time... "she who must be obeyed" will have a few tasks up her sleeve so I cannot see me hitting the 24k mark.

Second point... 24K equates to quite a bit over 2,000 in fuel alone (and thats worked out at touring mpg not sports mpg) no to mention tyres and servicing... I do not think "she" would let me spend that... though I can't complain as she did let me buy the bike!

Enjoy... and by the way the gear change does improve with use (4,800 miles in 3 months).
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Manfred,

I'm not sure! My wife and I put 7,000 miles on the S this summer on vacation (New Orleans--alas, San Antonio, Santa Fe, southern Utah, etc., etc.). We visit relatives in Boston about once a month (about 500 miles round trip), we ride with a club most Sundays (300-400 miles) and use the bike for general recreational transportation. The car gets used for commuting to work which is too close to bother getting on the bike (a couple of miles). All that proper protective gear...

We've also put a couple of thousand miles on the '98 K1200RS (it has 167,000 miles) which was off the road for about five months getting an engine/transmission transplant. Now that its back in service it will be used mostly to give the S a break; the S will be for the twisties and any other times we want to go fast and really enjoy the ride.

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P.S. Having a working wife helps keep the finances in order. I'm ritired, but do some substitute school teaching to keep me out of trouble.

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I have heard about this problem but never experienced it until this past Friday. In my case the RPMs were quite high - I was accelerating rapidly and the bike stayed in 2nd probably one full second before "popping out" into neutral. Having read similar posts I was somewhat prepared and quickly shifted back into 2nd. It is a little unnerving when it happens in traffic.

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Gets better with time. Crisp, definite shifts are the order of the day with this xmission. It will not tolerate 'mushy' shifts.
Thanks for the reply. You're correct, it normally happens when I am tired and sloppy.

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post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 2005, 3:24 pm
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Thumbs up Adjust the lever to improve shifting

You might lower that shift lever.
I have a lazy foot (like the rest of me I suppose) and will miss up shifts more than downshifts where I can stomp the shifter. I compensate by keeping the shift lever a little low, it actually rests on my boot. And I NEVER miss a shift with it there.
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You might lower that shift lever.
I have a lazy foot (like the rest of me I suppose) and will miss up shifts more than downshifts where I can stomp the shifter. I compensate by keeping the shift lever a little low, it actually rests on my boot. And I NEVER miss a shift with it there.
yep, the same for me. i don't think any dealer has set the shift lever (or any other though) to our requirements ! so a little bit adjustment and ....... missing gears is gone
btw i really can notice a difference as the kms grows, especially since i can ride at higher rpm's in all gears : seems really better as i stay in 2nd or 3d for a while varrying the throttle rather than shifting up and riding as if i still had a twin :-)
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