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 Post subject: Gear Shifting
PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:04 pm 
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I have a 2014 DR650 and I change my oil regularly but this year I've noticed that I have to make sure I shift 2nd and 3rd as it seems like it doesn't easily shifts. I'm running Castro 10W-40WT.
It's not a big deal but I want to make sure everything is fine. What are your thoughts on Synthetic Oil?


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 Post subject: Re: Gear Shifting
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:26 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Gear Shifting
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:17 am 
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I used to have a lot of issues shifting from 2nd to 3rd, and have found it had little to do with the oil. For me it seems ever since I adjusted the clutch friction point, and upgraded to heavier clutch springs I very rarely have a problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Gear Shifting
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:18 am 
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If you mean that the bike shifts, you accelerate, then try to shift again and the gear does not change, I usually find that is related to boot to shift lever clearance. Moving the shift lever position can help. Some of my boots shift easier than others based on the toe box height.

Make sure that your boot is not touching the shift lever between shifts. After the lever goes up, and the transmission shifts, the lever has to go all the way back to its resting place (the position where the lever sits when nothing is touching it) before it will be able to shift up again.

The shifting mechanism is basically a ratchet that turns a drum with slots to guide the shift forks. The ratchet has to "reset" back to resting before it will move the drum again. And yes, some gear shifts require more lever travel than others. (e.g. 2-3 may require a longer motion than 5-6)

Hope that helps.

Typo Edit: not 5-6 ... 4-5th!

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Shifting
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:33 pm 
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5th to 6th requires no motion at all on my DR...

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Shifting
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:09 pm 
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Max Kool wrote:
5th to 6th requires no motion at all on my DR...


:s_laughat


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 Post subject: Re: Gear Shifting
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:14 pm 
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is your cable adjusted so there's a little free play at the end?


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 Post subject: Re: Gear Shifting
PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:15 pm 
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MJSRacing wrote:
If you mean that the bike shifts, you accelerate, then try to shift again and the gear does not change, I usually find that is related to boot to shift lever clearance. Moving the shift lever position can help. Some of my boots shift easier than others based on the toe box height.

Make sure that your boot is not touching the shift lever between shifts. After the lever goes up, and the transmission shifts, the lever has to go all the way back to its resting place (the position where the lever sits when nothing is touching it) before it will be able to shift up again.

The shifting mechanism is basically a ratchet that turns a drum with slots to guide the shift forks. The ratchet has to "reset" back to resting before it will move the drum again. And yes, some gear shifts require more lever travel than others. (e.g. 2-3 may require a longer motion than 5-6)

Hope that helps.

It's more like you go to shift and it's not ready to shift, you have to reshift it again. I've never had to adjust the clutch but I'll check it.

Typo Edit: not 5-6 ... 4-5th!


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 Post subject: Re: Gear Shifting
PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:05 pm 
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Max Kool wrote:
5th to 6th requires no motion at all on my DR...
couldn't help it could you?


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