Question about Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster Custom Motorcycles
If the shifter is not returning to it's "center" position, the shifter pawl spring is probably broken in the transmission. With the engine off and the bike on the kickstand with the transmission in neutral, gently depress the shifter lever down until just before it shifts. Then, let go of the shifter and see if it springs back up. Do the same thing lifting the shifter towards second gear. Make sure there is no binding in the linkage. If you don't feel the spring pressure on the shifter, this is an indication that the return spring is broken. Harley had a problem with this on their 5-speed transmissions. Fixing the problem is a major job. You have to disassemble the entire primary drive and pull the trapdoor with both transmission shafts out of the transmission to get the shifter pawl shaft out. I strongly recommend the purchase of a service manual if you plan on doing this job yourself.
Posted on May 20, 2011
The shifter shaft centering spring itself, the one on the shifter shaft is probably broken and needs replacement.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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