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V-rod gear shifter won''t click back up

I have an 2004 v-rod and when I down shift the gear shift won''t click back up. I have to use my foot to bring it back into position to shift again

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  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    i have the same concern but mines on a virago 535 its still riderble but a pain in heavy traffic

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    leif_hval Oct 05, 2012

    Got the same thing on my vrod,2003 =(

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    down shifted from fifth gear one click went to a nuetral gear wont shift out of nuetral up or down

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Sounds as though your gear lever return spring has broken and will need replaceing

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Change the shift shaft centering spring on the shift shaft itself

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