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post #1 of 41 Old 03-19-2016, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy V2 - Hard shifting into 3rd gear

Hello, I just picked up my new '14 V2 last Tuesday. I really like the way it rides and handles but there's a problem. Sometimes it won't shift into third ( and sometimes 4th ) gear. I've been riding for quite a few years so I'm very sure it's not operator error. I rode the bike to Suzuki of Dalton (great people), and their mechanic rode the bike for 20 minutes. It shifted perfectly. It's been a intermittant problem and it did it again on my way home.

I'll be taking it in for the 600 mile check and I'm planning on leaving it with them so they can ride the bike and really check it out.

Has anyone else had this kind of problem? What was the fix?

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post #2 of 41 Old 03-19-2016, 10:04 AM
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Yes mine was like that stock too, there is an arm that connects to the spline that arm connects to a rod that you use to adjust the gear shifter height along with the position of the arm. The position of the arm should be at 90 degrees. I can take a picture for you if you need further clarification.
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post #3 of 41 Old 03-19-2016, 10:33 AM
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As Tenny80 says the linkage is the first thing to check. Later on in ownership often that same linkage may need lube but that isn't likely the issue today.

Even though you/we have lots of experience in many cases it is user error.. We all get in habits of shifting certain ways based on bikes we are used to. When we get on a different bike with different ergonomics often we don't move the shifter quite right and as a result have bad shifts.

I haven't had anyone on the back on my DL1000 but I found on the 650's when I had a passenger my sitting position was a bit different and as a result I would occasionally mess up shifts when riding two up (or when carrying really large things in the back seat.)

Assuming the linkage is adjusted properly for you the odds are the problem will disappear or minimize as you get more seat time on it.

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Is this occurring while wearing boots or tennis shoes? Also I have found that the Stroms typically require a pretty firm upshift unless you are short shifting.

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Hello, Thanks for the replies.

I adjusted the linkage when I got home and there was no improvement. I always ride with boots and always solo.

I've tried pre-loading the shift linkage before using the clutch and sometimes it still does it. I've shifted fast, slow, and everything in between. The bike has less than 600 miles on it so I haven't wound it up yet.

Also - How do I post pictures on this forum?

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Try this:
- When upshifting, try to be as quick as possible and shift it when the clutch is only half way pulled in.
- When downshifting keep some throttle so the engine never goes down to idle rpm. I mean, keep it on 1500rpm or so.

That is just for the sake of testing.

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I put my photos on photobucket and then grab the IMG link for them to paste in here. It will look like [ IMG ]http://www.photobucket.com/yourimagelink.jpg[ /IMG ], but without any spaces.
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Is the shifting problem the same whether the engine is cold or hot??

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It doesn't matter - hot or cold.

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I get the clunky shift like the older Vees did going from first to second. Sometimes if I shift at about 3000 rpms, it shifts normally but thats not often. And the bike temp has little efect on it, it seems a little better for the first 500 miles with new oil in it.
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