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Could be a number of things, a worn or loose chain will make finding gears more difficult so check that the chain and sprockets are not excessively worn or loose. An overly stiff or floppy gear lever and linkage can cause problems selecting gears too. If it is neither of these however then it is most likely a bent selector fork in the gear box
check your compresion make sure it is within specs. if okey check your timing make sure timing mark have not change. this is after you ensure that your not loosing fuel or your carb is working normally.
assuming there is nothing major wrong with the clutch and you have pressure at the lever.
The plates can stick together sometimes, if you can push start it, ride it with the clutch all the way in and vary the throttle, this can seperate the plates and it will work normal, change the oil after the ride and make sure it is motorcycle oil, as car oils will cause the opposite problem and cause clutch slip.
hi,2 possible causes,1-if the bike has remote linkages to the gear shift,check that the shaft that the gear lever itself is pivoted on,is well lubricated and moves freely,they sometimes have a habit of filling with road grime over time and this will cause them to stick or become quite heavy in operation,2-and this requires removal of the crankcase cover to repair,the return spring on the shift drum has lost its strength and needs replacing,i hope that it is the first option as that is easy to fix,the second option not quite so easy and a lot more expensive if you have to have it done in a shop..hope this helps...cheeers
It could actually be that the countershaft sprocket has stripped-out the splines that engage it to the countershaft. Take off the cover and have a look at the sprocket. Hopefully it is only the sprocket that is damaged and not the transmission shaft that it mounts to.
Another possibility is that the clutch cable has somehow gotten waaay out of adjustment. Just feel the clutch lever; you should have some free play at the lever. In other words, the first 1/4" or so of lever movement should do nothing except take up a small amount of slack in the cable.
Are you sure it is actually going into gear? Or have the splines on the shift shaft stripped-out? These are the things I would check first. If it isn't one of these, then I predict some major transmission work is in your future.
This is not normal. Dirty oil can cause the clutch plates to grab. Try doing an oil change. Some oils and lubricants can cause the friction plates to swell which can also cause the plates to grab. Use 10w40 motor oil in the gear box. Don't use any synthetic oils, oil marked "EC", or oil with "special" additives. Stick with the major brands; Pennzoil, Quaker State, Mobil or Shell. If in hot areas like Texas or New Mexico go with 20w50.
Sorry but it's not loose, you have a bad shifting fork. The first gear fork is going or gone which causes the mis-shifting. You are hearing the clutch basket most likely. With the backlash in the gearbox you can get a noise coming from the clutch hub coming lose from the primary drive gear it is attached to. I also believe there is a chain for the harmonic balancer that needs to be adjusted. It makes a nasty noise and sounds like the engine is almost grinding when it does it. The noise will go away under accelleration.