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PostSubject: Shift lever - tough to shift now?   Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:23 pm

I just got my bike back yesterday from the shop and had the chain and sprockets replaced while everything else was being repaired. The shift lever seems really REALLY stiff now compared to the last time I rode. I haven't had the bike very long and only rode it three times (more or less) before my less-than-elegant get-off.

I mentioned it to the service guy and he said it felt fine to him when he rode it around but that to change the front sprocket, the lever had to come off. What I'm wondering - since I really don't know this bike well yet - is what is too tight and how can I fix it. Or... was it just really sloppy loose because the chain and sprockets were so badly worn?

All thoughts are most welcome. I am brave enough to try almost anything but I could use help from someone who can tell me "NO! NOT THAT ONE!" before I loosen the one bolt that holds everything together.

Thank you!

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PostSubject: Re: Shift lever - tough to shift now?   Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:51 am

Sure wish I could help, but I've not had reason to have my side covers off. This winter I plan on replacing my chain, which I still have the original on, and will mostly likely have to take off the side cover for a good front sprocket inspection/change.

Most shifting problems I'm aware of deal with chain tension, or lack-there-of, and engine oil. Apparently not using an oil made for wet clutch motorcycle use causes problems. I'm sure the shop would have put in the correct type and amount, but you may want to verify your oil level and chain slack.

Though it's difficult to explain in words, my shifter or shifting into gears is rather easy with no noticeable stiffness or looseness. Only trick we all have with the TW as well as other motorcycles in general, is shifting into neutral.

I usually read most maintenance related posts to glean some information for myself, I can't recall reading about a situation like yours, only chain and oil related. You may want to goggle your problem, which could lead you to the other TW forum, which I'm also a member of and seems to have more members and is more active. Here's an example of a goggle search for information in the other forum: TW200 forum gear shift.

Hope this helps.
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PostSubject: Re: Shift lever - tough to shift now?   Sat Oct 08, 2011 3:05 pm

Measure your chain slack....if incorrect,adjust......bet this is the issue(too tight).
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PostSubject: Re: Shift lever - tough to shift now?   Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:35 pm

frog13 wrote:
Measure your chain slack....if incorrect,adjust......bet this is the issue(too tight).

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PostSubject: Re: Shift lever - tough to shift now?   Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:06 pm

Thanks, everyone! I haven't ridden it since I brought it home - too worried that I'd break something. Sounds like I made the right call. Thank you for the advice - I'll check the slack tomorrow and see what I can do!
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PostSubject: Re: Shift lever - tough to shift now?   Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:40 pm

skatZ..............find anything as of yet?.......I'm curious!.
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PostSubject: Re: Shift lever - tough to shift now?   Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:15 pm

Skatz,you still around?.
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