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    hard to shift to 1st gear

    sometimes when i first get going its hard to get the bike into first gear and then it makes a weird whirling noise its only done this a few times, is this normal or should i be worried?

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    I have read this before you should grease the linkage first then we can go from there.

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    Not sure about the whirling noise, and when others chine in they may tell you thats the issue. But where are you shift ing to first from? Neutral after staring it up? I believe everyone will tell you that she'll clunck down in to first from anywhere. But if your pulling up to a stop light w/ the clutch in from 4th or 5th and come to a stop it may be nearly impossible to shift down to first. You'll have to let out the clutch slightly w/ slight throttle (w/ no intention of moving) and shift down, repeat until you get to neutral of first.. Best practices are, on decel w/ clutch in shift down to first by the time you stop, Or shift down through your gears and use them to help us low you down.. From 5th I drop to 3rd then 2nd and 1st..

    Again it maybe a bigger issue that has to do w/ the whirling noise, but I hope that helps. It took me a few months to figure out how to use this transmission to its potential. I had started a thread about it and all the convo on there really helped me enjoy the bike so much more!


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    i was sitting at a stop light and couldnt get it into 1st, so i need to grease the linkage? the bike had only been running a few mins, 80 degrees out 2006 15k miles

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    REMOVE the shifter off the pivot bolt

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    Not sure on your discription.
    shift linkage could be gummed up. 3/8"to 3/4" playai the end of the clutch lever.
    The gears are square and sometimes you may need to let the clutch lever out a little then pull back in to help align the gears. even if everything is adjusted properly this can happen.

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    If you're at a dead stop, you may need to let the clutch lever out a little bit so the dogs will fall into place. You'll hear it drop into gear.

    This has been true of all my bikes. Shift down to first right before you stop rolling, it won't happen.

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    My bike does that .If I let it slow down more to say 10mph before hitting first it dose not do it . I have quiet pipes so I hear everything. The 750 honda I had did it too.

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    ill try letting out the clutch alittle next time it does it, thanks all

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    It's a Constant Mesh Transmission -

    There are no gears being engaged -

    Only DOGS on the side of gears

    Nothings changed in 50 years.

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