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Im having shifting/clutch problems on my bike. when i shift down to stop my bike it will go to neutral and wont go into first gear,i really have to try hard. my clutch leaver becomes so stiff i can barely pull it back to shift up gears,but not all the time,only occasonally. i have stopped riding cause i dont want to damage it, im not a mechanic so im basically wondering by my description if it is just spring and cable issues or if it is internal and needs the clutch gears and rings rebuilt. my bike is a 2000 xr200

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    it will shift into neutral if I do it while im moving but at a complete stop it wont until I attempt it a few times

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The shifting problem is a bent shift fork. The clutch problem is chatter on the outer, and/or inner, clutch hub and fiber friction plates. The friction plates are catching in grooves worn into the clutch hub by the friction plate tabs. The hub should be smooth. I created a diagram of the shift system and of the clutch to give you an idea of how they work. Please rate my answer. Thanks. im having shifting/clutch problems on - tombones49_67.gif
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