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After the transmission warms up shifting out of first gear is nearly impossible. It feels like I've shifted into gear but the bike acts like it is in neutral. This is a major problem I've changed the tranny fluid and adjusted the clutch. What else could it be. The bike acts normal until it warms up.

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Adjust the clutch again , and make sure you have sport trans ( HD ) in the primary. Also make sure your primary chain is adjusted correctly. as the bike gets hotter, the chain tightens up putting alot of pressure on the clutch pack as well as the stator ( your charging system )

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If it won't shift into ANY gear, this is not good. If the bike has been sitting for two years, even if it has be started and allowed to idle, this probably did not warm the transmission lubricant enough to get any water out of it. Water will get into the transmission by condensation on the inside of the aluminum gear box.

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To an extent, this is typical. Any transmission shifts easier once the lubricant warms up. Now if it's too difficult to shift there could be several reasons why. One, the oil in the primary it too thick or too much in it. This cause oil to get between the plates and then the clutch tries to act like a torque converter in an automatic transmission. The oil level should be NO HIGHER than the lowest part of the clutch spring when the bike is standing straight up. Next, the transmission lubricant may be too thick. Some people like to run a mixture of Lucas gear lube and the Harley specified lube. Sometimes they get too much of the Lucas in there and it's just thick until it warms up. Last, check the clutch adjustement. If the clutch is not releasing completely, it will drag and make the transmission difficult to shift.

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It sounds like your shifter pawl is broken. It's trying to roll the shifter drum but it's not rolling it quite far enough for the drum to index to the next detent. It is rolling it far enough to put out the neutral indicator light. If this is the problem, a teardown of the transmission is required to repair this.

There is one other possibility. From the foot shift lever, follow the shifter rod back to the shift lever on the transmission. This is the shift lever that connects to the shifter pawl shaft. I"ve seen lots of them get worn to the point that they feel like they are going to fall off. When they get like that, they don't shift well. To repair this, you will have to pull the complete primary to get to it. If the splines on the shaft are worn badly enough, you're back to pulling down the transmission to replace the shifter pawl shaft.

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When did this problem start? has the bike been sitting for any long period of time? any background on the bike leading to your problem would help.
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1st gear hard to find


You have a shift fork with just a slight bend in it. The problem will only get worse. Sorry about that.

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