I'm a new rider and I've noticed a few times that when I downshift my nto first it doesn't always engage. Most of the time it does, but occasionally I have to push down twice to get it to 'click' into first. Is this something I should get looked at or be concerned about? I don't want to end up at a stop light and not be able to get my bike into gear.
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Re: wont trance to 1 gear
Are you still rolling when your trying to down shift into first? Many bikes are very stubborn about this and won't let you. Sign of a good tranny.
Now if your at a full stop and it's a little stubborn don't be worried all bikes do this and it's just a sign that an oil change is near.
When oil velocity breaks down oil becomes thick and goopy like syrup. It makes it hard for moving parts like your shifting fork to move around.
With an oil change you should notice a difference.
And get out riding!
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This is often an indicator of worn dogs on the gears; this means opening it up and replacing the gears with new ones. This often happens from speed shifting, shifting up or down without using the clutch is hard on the gears.
If the clutch was adjusted correctly it sounds like your throw out bearing could be going bad. Or you might have an issue with the clutch plates themselves. If you set the lever too tight you could have smoked the clutch plates. of course the same thing could happen with the adjustment being too loose. It almost sounds like it might be too loose. If you pull the cable out of the perch it should only come out of the perch the thickness of a quarter . any more and it's too loose and can't dis engage which would give you a hard to get into gear.
Hi Anonymous, setting up a transmission should be left to a professional, you obviously had an engagement issue which could have been caused by a misadjusted shifter pawl, faulty shifter cam, spacing issue and it's too bad you can't find the very first and best tool you ever bought for your Harley Davidson. Despair not, for a mere $6.50 you may be able to download another one from the website below and good luck. Harley Davidson Manuals Mark Workshop
before you run to the shop with your hat in your hand and your wallet out as if you were going to catch rainwater to drink-put the bike into a mid or high gear and rock the bike backwards a few times. Sometimes the gear teeth climb up on each other and the spring doesn't have the 'oomph' to separate the kickstart teeth from the crank teeth. If you hear a sound like a screen door spring being played-then you're probably back in business. It may take a few times to dis-engage the kicker if this is what happened. Usually this jamming occurs when the rider jacks down on the kickstarter rapidly. Speaking from experience on a Honda 450 twin-cam. Good luck!
My solution was, engine off, ignition off. Hands off the clutch, Rock and downshift, rock and downshift a good half a dozen times to make absolutely sure you are in 1st gear. Now, still without touching the clutch, rock and VERY gently upshift. If you can push the bike back and forth without the clutch and the gears aren't engaging the engine, you're there. NOW turn on the ignition and pray for the green light.
The transmission "neutral" position is located between 2nd and 1st gear. You say you're also getting a "false neutral" between 3rd and 2nd. Since you say you're finding both, it leads me to suspect that you are not being aggressive enough when shifting the gears. The Sportster has the best shifting transmission of all the Harley motorcycles. Since it does shift so easily, riders sometimes "soft shift" the transmission and wind up missing gearshifts. This is the most likely problem, rider error.
Now, there is the possibility that the clutch is dragging but that usually effects the transmission when upshifting, not so much downshifting. With the engine off and switch on, put the transmission in gear, hold the clutch lever in, press the starter button. If the bike tries to move forward, you need to adjust the clutch.
in the gearbox theres a disc which the pedal is coupled to.now the gear selectors have pegs which engage with slots in the disc,so the spring loaded plunger which holds the disc when in each gear.spring may have broken,the pegs may be worn or broken,the gearbox needs dismantling to fix