I have a problem with my ZZR250 which has slowly been getting worse over the last few days. Before I first start the bike to warm it up, it has trouble getting into neutral. I have to "pump" the clutch lever a few times to find neutral before starting. While riding I also have to pump the lever sometimes to shift up or down gears.
This happens randomly and it is like trying to force the bike into gear even with the clutch lever in. The only thing to get rid of the forcing effect is to pump the clutch a few times.
Initially i though that it might be a clutch cable problem but i am not sure how to adjust or tighten it. The engine was low on oil a few days prior to this happening, but never had trouble with the gears before topping the oil up and am not sure if the gearbox and engine share oil. Not sure how to check gearbox fluid levels if they are seperate.
Seems to happen more at night when it is colder... possibly something sticking?? Any help appreciated :)
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Re: Having trouble with the clutch/gears
Hi and welcome to FixYa,
To my knowledge, the engine and the gear/transmission share the same oil in the crankcase. Clutch cable adjustment on most bikes could be done 2 ways:
after the clutch lever itself. There would be an adjustable end of the cable. It is locked in place by a coin like nut with grooved edge. This locked must be loosed before the cable end could be adjusted.
similarly at the bottom end of the cable that attaches to the clutch arm, the cable end would also have a thread end. There would be 2 lock nuts that must be loosened up.
You can experiment clutch play/slack to your personal preference. Soon as you are satisfied (number of tries clutching/engaging gears), then the locks could be tightened in place.
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Hi Robert, for this situation I would call my local dealer or reputable shop's service/parts department and inquire about any possible quick fix or parts inquiry. If necessary transport your vehicle to the dealer or shop and have a professional technician take it for a test drive, if it is in running condition, and give you a written estimate of repairs and answer any specific questions you may have about your issue. Good luck and have a nice day. 1997 Honda Motorcycle Service Repair Workshop Manuals
Bleed clutch. Left hand side where gear shifter is (zx7r) you may see your clutch set up (Fluid set up that is??). Be a nipplpe just like calipers. Pump clutch / slacken - tighten etc etc. Replace fluid totally - I found it goes clloudy and like rat p**s, hence no pressure?
last April my bike was in a crash. It went in for repair and has been unridden since then. (Because my injury prevented me from riding)
A week and a half ago I put my bike on the road and have been doing some short rides.
First gear is giving me grief.
When I come to a stop it often won't go into first;
or; it goes into first and then slips back into neutral;
or; if I start in 1st let's say in a parking lot and I'm maneuvering slowly to get into position to exit the driveway it will suddenly be in neutral.
I have been coming to a stop and put it into first and saw the light go dark; while I am sitting at the red light it will slip into neutral.
Then.....sometimes I can't get it to go into first without a lot of effort.
What do you think is the problem? Poorly adjusted from when the bike was in for repair?Which side did it go down on? Likely just a misadjusted clutch or shift lever. If not it could be worse then that... bent shift fork (yikes). Check your clutch lever freeplay and then your shiftshaft area for any signs of damage.,,,