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post #1 of 26 Old 01-10-2016, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Changing gear while stationary issue

Today I had to come to a quick stop and downshift quickly. By the time the bike had stopped I was in gear 4. I needed to downshift to 1 so I could move again. The gear shifter went down but it did not click into gear, meanwhile the gear selector screen is blank. I had to roll the bike forward again so it would then register into gear 4 and then at that point I could change down. Why?

While the bike is stationary and I up shift into gear 6 and downshift quickly, the same thing happens.
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post #2 of 26 Old 01-10-2016, 12:25 AM
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That's pretty common with many bikes. Can't tell you mechanically why it happens. Usually just engaging the clutch a little will work, too. Pretty annoying, especially since in that situation, you want to get going quickly again to avoid getting rear ended.
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post #3 of 26 Old 01-10-2016, 12:31 AM
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This happens to me on occasion too, like when I have to do a panic stop and fail to shift down quick enough. I wonder if that issue goes away when the ECM is swapped out?
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post #4 of 26 Old 01-10-2016, 12:39 AM
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Has nothing to do with the ecm, this is very common on many bikes.
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post #5 of 26 Old 01-10-2016, 12:43 AM
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I think every bike I've ever owned has done this at one time or another. It just falls into that mystery spot between gears and needs to roll a little to get it to down/up shift.
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post #6 of 26 Old 01-10-2016, 12:46 AM
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As stated before, simply let out the clutch a little, you will see the gear number pop up. Pull the clutch back in and click down on the gear lever again.

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post #7 of 26 Old 01-10-2016, 12:49 AM
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Experienced the same thing. Come to a stop while lane splitting and forget to down shift and find myself screwed when the light turn green again. Frantically pounding the shifter tog get back to a low gear while traffic starts to move.
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post #8 of 26 Old 01-10-2016, 02:28 AM
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It seems to happen on all bikes I've owned and the only thing they share in common is the use of sliding dog mechanisms where the gears always stay in mesh and the change of ratio is done by dogs on the side of the gear engaging in slots on the gear alongside.

Maybe the shifter forks jam in the shifter cam drum during a sudden stop but all brands seem prone to the condition.

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post #9 of 26 Old 01-10-2016, 07:25 AM
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It's the nature of a sequential shift system. It takes some movement in the mechanism to release the pawl. Applying a little clutch does that. Sometimes it's unavoidable but such situations should be rare if downshifting before a stop is done as usual.

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post #10 of 26 Old 01-10-2016, 07:48 AM
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Yep, if you never noticed it on other bikes, you simply where shifting properly. As Greywolf explained, it's the nature of all sequential gearboxes. Shift properly, or look like a tool at the lights.
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