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I have a 2006 Harley Sportster 1200 Low. I went down on the bike and now the gears aren't catching. When I picked the bike up it was in 5th gear and barely moved when I pulled the throttle. It shifts through all the gears, but won't move. What could be the problem??

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Most likely the clutch is not engaging. or the power transfer from the engine to the gearbox has been disrupted. The gear lever may have been pushed into the engine and so become detached from the gearbox.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012

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Sounds like the clutch might be going bad.

Posted on May 17, 2009

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There is a spring inside the Primary that pulls the shifter back to the neutral position....it is broken......common problem with the Sportster.

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The only idea that i can come up with is that you dont have a good ground..or the guage was bad when you bought it..i hope this..Keith

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low engine oil will cause this hope it helps

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SOURCE: 1989 1200 Sportster frozen gear shifter

take it back as the trans and motor are one piece they did not align the innards right

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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