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post #1 of 18 Old 08-14-2019, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Harley tranny?

I am new to my 09 DL1000, and I rode Harleys before, so I am used to a monster clunk in the first two gears. BUT? I kind of thought my Suzuki would be a bit more refined and slippery. Have I bought a bike with an issue or is this a normal V-Strom trait? I honestly don't know anyone in my are to ask.
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-14-2019, 11:50 PM
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Lots of transmissions have a pronounced clunk going into 1st, maybe second too.
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going into 1st it clunks, especially when the engine is cold
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Make sure your chain and sprockets are in good shape and properly adjusted. Also verify the cush hub rubbers are tight. Makes the shifts better in 1st and 2nd. That said, it still won't be a smooth as many other Jap bikes.
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My XJR1300 does the same in first.
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If it has some miles on it, grease the shaft the shifter runs on.

Story there. I did the clutch on my high k's 650 and it had been giving me grief since, sticking in gear now and then, the occasional missed shift. Lubed that thing last weekend (sigh), problems solved.
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This has been discussed here before. As I recall the consensus is that this is pretty much a feature of the wet clutch, especially when the oil is cold. It is much less pronounced on my V-Strom compared to my Harley. Only remedy would be to start in first gear. Or buy a Moto Guzzi which has a dry clutch
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I hadn't thought about cold oil. I must check with a hot engine.
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It isn't just Japanese bikes, my BMW's did and still do that.
The gears are a bit more straight cut than a car trans. But then, who buys a car now with a manual trans?
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Personally, I like the 'clunk'.
I think it's pretty normal but have noticed that a warm bike clunks less. That said, if you also feel a tug/lurch when you put it into gear, something else is going on...
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