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CLUTCH WHEN I SHIFT FROM 1ST TO 2ND I'M NOT SURE WHAT GEAR I'M IN. WHEN I GO TO DOWNSHIFT I DONT KNOW WHAT GEAR I'M IN. IT'S ALMOST LIKE IT IS NOT SYNCRONIZED. IS IT THE CLUTCH ADJUSTMENT?

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I'm really not sure of what you are asking. The transmission is not syncronized as it is a "constant mesh" type transmission and it needs no syncronizers. Are the gears grinding or clashing? And as for what gear you're in, you just have to keep up with it in your head. The only foot shifted bikes that I know of that had a gear indicator was an early Triumph but you see where you were going if you were looking to see what gear you were in. If you're not sure of what gear you're in, release the clutch and see if you need a higher or lower gear.

Usually, a clutch problem wil cause the bike to be impossible to find neutral with the engine running or the clutch will slip under hard acceleration. Now, it's not unusual to get a slight clashing when trying to shift into low gear when the transmission is cold. Just pull the clutch in and wait a second before pushing down on the shifter.

To adjust the clutch, follow the clutch cable down to where the rubber bellows covers the cable adjuster. Slide the bellows up or down to gain access to the adjuster. Loosen the locknut and adjust the adjuster inwards to make the cable as short as possible.

Remove the derby cover. In the center of the clutch assembly, you'll see a bolt and lock nut. Loosen the lock nut and use a hex key to turn the adjuster inward until you feel a resistance. Do not force the bolt or you'll be releasing the clutch. Adjust it inwards until you feel the resistance and then back off on the bolt 1/2 to 1 full turn. Lock the lock nut down.

Now, go back to the adjuster and turn the adjuster outwards until you have about an 1/8" freeplay at the lever. Lock the locknut and reposition the bellows cover.

Now, if you still have problems with the clutch releasing, you may have a bad throwout bearing on the right side of the transmission. To replace that, drain the transmission lubricant and remove the right side of the transmission cover. You'll probably have to remove at least part of the exhaust system to do this. Once you have the clutch release cover off of the transmission, you'll see the end of the clutch release rod. It shouild have a "wafer type" release bearing on the end of the rod held on by a small circlip. The wafer bearing consist of a center wafer containing small roller bearings and a hardened steel washer on either side of this center piece. If it's not there or any of it is missing, you must replace the bearing and then readjust the clutch.

Good luck
Steve

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