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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 22nd, 2008, 4:00 pm Thread Starter
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shift linkage??

I'm a newbie 2002 K12RS person. I am looking for some advice as to what is normal and what may require adjustment. I already have the clutch noise thing digested and am somewhat used to it. My next inquiry is about the shifter/gearbox. After a cold start and a minute of warmup about 25% of the time it fights to come out of nuetral. There is no response from the shifter. Eventually it will go into 2nd then back to 1st after a little throttle and manually rolling of the vehicle, and a little voodoo. After the initial problem goes away it will not happen again, even if i only ride to the end of the driveway, approx 80ft. If the shift linkage is on the hairy edge of needing adjustment I would like to do it, but as a trained nuclear mechanic I don't feel comfortable moving things without knowing the likely outcomes.
Thanks for any input,
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 22nd, 2008, 5:19 pm
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If you are wearing anything that remotely looks like cruiser boots for riding a BMW, forget it! Try tennis shoes and report back.
The linkage usually does not need adjustment to a trained foot and proper riding boot.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 22nd, 2008, 5:34 pm
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I think you need to ride it further than the end of the driveway. Get the transmission up to operating temp and then give us another assesment. Get yourself a good pair of Sidi racing boots....then show that shift lever who's boss! If you want seamless, precise, effortless shifts...go buy a Honda! Actually, this gear box is a bit clunky until after about 20K miles when it gets broken in. Your clutch may need adjustment if anything.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 22nd, 2008, 8:59 pm
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I almost always start the bike in NEUTRAL, release the clutch, engage the clutch and then shift to 1st gear. I find this works until the bike is warmed up and then it works 'normally'.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 2008, 11:09 am Thread Starter
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I almost always wear my timberland work boots. I'll try wearing something else and give it some time.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 2008, 1:24 pm
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Mine gets hung up frequently after spending time in neutral. No big thing, I just either roll the bike a a couple inches or slip the clutch a bit while putting pressure on the shift lever. Pops into gear every time. I don't even notice it anymore.

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