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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-31-2016, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Default Hard to downshift from dead stop, tapping noise while rolling sometimes in 1st gear

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Went to Rolling Thunder Sunday and after returning home got caught in a thunderstorm. Noticed today on my way to work I cannot completely downshift while at a complete stop like I used to. I have to let the clutch out just a little and then it will downshift. If I am riding normally and go to downshift I have no issues. Its only when in rare circumstances that i have to stop very quickly and cannot downshift in time. I also notice I hear a tap tap tap sound while in first and I have the clutch pulled in and I am coasting in first gear. If I let the clutch out the sound goes away.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-31-2016, 09:24 AM
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Just a thought; clean, lube, and adjust the shifter linkage. If the problem persists, it may be time for new bushings in the linkage arm.
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I have experienced similar behavior when I installed the EZ-pull clutch arm and did not have it properly adjusted. When fully pulled, the clutch lever was not sufficiently pulling on the clutch cable. To remedy this, I tightened the cable at the adjuster effectively shortening the cable and taking some of the freeplay out of the clutch lever.





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