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Got Clunk? Get Fixed!

This probably applies to the K1200R/S as well.

When I was in for my 6K service, my mechanic noticed that my shift linkage didn't quite line up in a nice parallelagram (his words). When he test rode it, he said it was shifting like shit. A few turns of the adjustment nuts and a tweak here and there, and now it shifts like a dream. Notch, Notch, Notch on each subsequent shift. Not the Notch, clunk, notch clunk, I had become accustomed to.

Something to have checked next time you are at the dealer.

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This probably applies to the K1200R/S as well.

When I was in for my 6K service, my mechanic noticed that my shift linkage didn't quite line up in a nice parallelagram (his words). When he test rode it, he said it was shifting like shit. A few turns of the adjustment nuts and a tweak here and there, and now it shifts like a dream. Notch, Notch, Notch on each subsequent shift. Not the Notch, clunk, notch clunk, I had become accustomed to.

Something to have checked next time you are at the dealer.

Hmmmmm. I wonder if I did it right when I readjusted for the lowering kit.

Parallelogram between the lever on the xmission and the lever?

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post #3 of 31 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 2006, 10:33 am
 
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Adjusted mine on my KR and it made a big difference in my shifting, especially in the lower gears. As for the "Parallelogram" theory, for us none mathematical types, you might follow the train of thought of adjusting it to the point where you have to "go get" the shifter. Basically, adjust it to the point where you have to extend your foot down to get under the shifter. That way, when you straighten your foot out to it's natural position, basically 90 degrees, you will be at the top end of the shift. That way your not straining to shift up. It worked for me.
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This probably applies to the K1200R/S as well.

When I was in for my 6K service, my mechanic noticed that my shift linkage didn't quite line up in a nice parallelagram (his words). When he test rode it, he said it was shifting like shit. A few turns of the adjustment nuts and a tweak here and there, and now it shifts like a dream. Notch, Notch, Notch on each subsequent shift.
Where are these adjustment nuts? My -R shifts quite poorly.
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A detailed description of this process, especially with pictures, would be of value to all K-bike owners. Any chance of getting this?
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I'll try and get some pictures done tonight if I can but the process is kind of easy. There are two lock nuts, one attached to each of of the shifter linkage, that need to be loosened up. Once you back both nuts off, all you need to do is twist the shifter linkage either clock-wise or counter-clock wise and it will adjust the elevation of the shifter lever itself. One thing to remember is this, the linkage should be equally threaded into both the transmission link and the shifter link. If you find yourself running out of threads on one or the other, go ahead and completely unscrew the linkage. Once you have removed the linkage completely, screw it back in ensuring that both ends are threaded equally. I had to do it mine. Once you adjust the shifter to the desired location, tighten the two lock-nuts up and your done.
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Thanks.
What adjustment parameters seem to affect the clunk? Higher or lower shifter height? Any feed back is appreciated.
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I klunk only in the lower 3 gears. Is this the fix for it? The service manager is indicating that it's just the nature of the beast. It would be nice to straighten it out, as the higher 3 gears are very, very sweet. More details on the fix would be appreciated.
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I don't know if this is "THE" fix but it certainly helped for me.



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I klunk only in the lower 3 gears. Is this the fix for it? The service manager is indicating that it's just the nature of the beast. It would be nice to straighten it out, as the higher 3 gears are very, very sweet. More details on the fix would be appreciated.
Yes, this fixed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. I especially like the fix because I get a nice positive shift when downshifting into these gears.

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