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Stuck in first

Got a 03 xb9r about a week ago. havent got the helmet yet, so i havent even taken it out on my first ride. just started it a few times and cleaned it up. long story short - started it and put it in first... cleaned rims and after shutting it off (still in first) tried to fire it back up. bike jumped forward like the clutch wasnt it (which it was.) tried to get it back into neutral - cant find it. rocked it back and forth while i tried - no luck. bottom line - its stuck in first. messed with it trying to get it out of gear off and on 3 or 4 times. (i dont want to get too ****** off so i take breaks.) i would think i could get it back into gear by simply pulling up on shifter as i rocked it back and forth, and i cant find first even with the clutch in! watched a video on adjusting the clutch, going to try that. but i would think it would still find neutral even if the clutch isnt adjuststed perfect. could it be a simple fix (obviously my hope) or ?

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    Jake Chesney Mar 18, 2014

    thanks for the responses guys. arnie - oil is there. I adjusted the clutch, and nothing. how much fluid should be in there? i opened it and only had a few drips come out and it was on the kickstand... is it low?

    also - If its a bent shift fork... would it still jump when i was trying to start it? i just hope its not a combination of a bent shift fork and needs a new clutch too... but i should be able to change the gears rocking it back and forth if the clutch is shot... so im thinking i got a few different issues. bought a manual, its on the way



    pierre - i gotta pull the motor to check the gears i imagine?

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Clutch is ajusted 1st at the handelbar lever-tryit and see if gear changes--not then ajust at crankcase--may need the clymer manual or other--if stil no change then a new clutch is needed or trans has issues--make sure theres oil in bike

Posted on Mar 17, 2014

Testimonial: "thanks arnie - oil is there. I adjusted the clutch, and nothing. how much fluid should be in there? i opened it and only had a few drips come out and it was on the kickstand... is it low? also - If its a bent shift fork... would it still jump when i was trying to start it? i just hope its not a combination of a bent shift fork and needs a new clutch too... but i should be able to change the gears rocking it back and forth if the clutch is shot... so im thinking i got a few different issues...?"

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Try opening the engine sounds like the gears might of jumpt out of place

Posted on Mar 17, 2014

Testimonial: "i gotta pull the motor to check the gears i imagine?"

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On most bikes, there is a rod going down the center of the clutch. The lever on the case pushes this rod in when you squeeze the lever on the handlebar. If the rod going through the clutch will not move, the clutch will not release. It doesn't move very much, maybe a few millimeters. If you cannot remove the rod[you may have to use a magnet to pull it out] then the rod is bent. This could have happened if you assembled the new clutch incorrectly. If the sequence during reassembly was wrong, the disks were jammed. When you squeezed the clutch lever, something had to give. The clutch rod.

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