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post #1 of 17 Old 04-06-2017, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Shifting noise

I searched reading the threads because I also have the first to second grind, then found in the manual that the speed called for is a mere 11 mph. and just 24 for 2nd to Third. So going to try shifting much earlier from a stop.
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-06-2017, 06:38 PM
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The gears actually grind?

Maybe your clutch is not working properly?

Mine has a clunk, but no grinding.
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You should be able to shift anywhere in the usable RPM range without grinding. A "clunk" as Bugzy said is a different story.


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Those speeds in the manual are minimums for upshifting. You need to go at least that speed or more rather than exactly that speed.

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OK that makes more sense being minimum. I have tried quicker and slower clutching so feeling like it should be smoother.
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Suggested shift points are always ridiculously low. I'm with Graywolf that those are minimums. Having said that, I find all my bikes shift from 1st to 2nd better at a mid-range RPM than up near the high end. Grinding sounds bad. I notice I can feel the teeth chatter when meshing a bit when shifting first to second on my brand new FJR. It's smooth when shifting around the mid-range.

How old/how many miles is/are on your bike?
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Might adjust the shifter linkage a bit, always made a difference on my bikes.

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I have not tried adjusting the linkage, are you suggesting tightening to reduce the length? Just under10k on a 2014, about 600mi to next oil ch/using suz. oil.
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Vee's, both first and second generation, are known for a clunky 1-2 shift. And yes, they can "grind" as well as clunk. Not the teeth grinding, but the engagement dogs. Some are better than others. Keeping the clutch hydraulic system in perfect shape can help. Biggest improvement comes with making sure the shift lever is adjusted for your style and what boots you wear. Then practice "preloading" the lever before you shift. Make a quick, positive shift. They shift better at lower rpms, I used to upshift right away in traffic to stay away from the clunk. Make sure your rear wheel hub rubber cushions are in good shape. These go downhill with age just as much as mileage, so old hard rubber won't cushion well.
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Many Vee people have reported better shifting after a modification that puts the rear sprocket carrier deeper into the wheel hub. DL1000 Rear Wheel Spacer Exchange - AdventureTech, LLC.

Vee2 owners might want to check their sprocket alignment to see if that is also true for later models.
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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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