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Cannot go into first gear period...shift becomes sloppy and free

Can shift into 2-5 without issue, on occassion bike will go to first but have to continual mash shift to do so.

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  • Paul Richards Sep 25, 2009

    I have tried that...I have tried first with out the clutch and that didn't work either.

  • Paul Richards Sep 25, 2009

    My shift pattern is 1 down and 4 up. I just recently had the chain tightened from the tranny to the shifter. This did not help. The shift will not go into first period.

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As you put it in gear, let your clutch out a little.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009

  • Ned C Cook
    Ned C Cook Sep 25, 2009

    Are you feeling any interference or it just won'go in and stay? Let's try this. is the pinch bolt tight on the shifting saft and pedal/lever? Shift pattern is one up and 4 down, am I right? or one down and 4 up?That side cover might have to come off to see what is haappening befor e something ends unp bent ir brokem I' sure it's petty, but gotta prove it. Ned. where are you located?? I'm in MirLoma. If you want to come by we can both scratch our heads. 909-630-3192 Ned

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