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post #1 of 10 Old 09-02-2009, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Transmission concerns

Hi Guys

I want to thank Stimpy for taking the time to tell a total stranger in a parking lot about this site. I saw Stimpys bike and asked him if he had any issues with the transmission. He assured me that he didn’t and suggested I post a thread here in the hopes that some one might have some thoughts on the following.

First of I’ve been riding since I was 14 and have had about 15 bikes, mostly cruisers and dirt bikes. I love to ride off road. Anyway I bought a 2009 V Strom 1000 in July and currently have just over 4000 km on the bike. I love the bike and took a lot of care making sure that the break in was done correctly. However I have some serious concerns about the transmission.

First of when the bike is cold it shifts like a dream, sweet, quiet and smooth.

But once it gets warmed up it has a very noisy shift between 1st and 2nd which I’ve been told is normal for this model, I can live with that if that’s the case.

But, I have a neutral between 3rd and 4th. Not all the time, but enough to make me nervous. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen. I’ve even stopped on the side of the road with the bike idling, clutch out between 3rd and 4th. That isn’t right! The dealer I bought it from suggested I bring it in when it does it, but how do you get the bike there when you’re a 100 km away taking a ride?

The dealer has taken the bike on a test ride and tells me it shifted fine for him. Which I’m sure it did as the problem is intermittent, but I do have a problem. :banghead:

There are also times when the transmission clunks between pretty much any gear. I was riding on the highway with my girlfriend and she asked me what the clunking was. She heard it from 50 feet away on her boulevard. That’s mot right either!

So, I’m hoping one of you fine riders might be able to shed some light on this for me or maybe offer some advice.

Thanks again and keep the rubber side down.

Oh and in case you’re wondering about the crashcrann, I got that nick name while flying RC aircraft. I ride much better than I fly!

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-02-2009, 10:05 PM
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One habit I learned riding BMW Motorcycles, notorious for crappy "feeling" transmissions, is to Preload the shifter right before shifting...this way when the clutch is pulled in...you foot is already providing pressure to make the shift.

It doesn't take much force...but don't be too gentle either.

There is a great article on motorcycle shifting in one of the recent Cycle World magazines...and the guy writing in had your exact problem.

Try it...and report back.

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post #3 of 10 Old 09-02-2009, 10:06 PM
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Have you checked the oil level? Perhaps an oil and filter change. How about the shift linkage...is everything tight? I am not a mechanic, but sometimes the simple things can get over looked.

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Really do never hear about trans problems with the Vee or the Wee that I'm aware of other than the occasional false neutral. Maybe an oil change and a chain adjustment are in order first of all.

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my tranny acts up if the chain is too loose . popping back into neutral after engageing 2nd

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post #6 of 10 Old 09-14-2009, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Tranny update

Hi Guys

Thanks for the insights.

Heres a quick update for you.

The best advice came from BadTrainDriver, pre loading the shifter before shifting really seemed to help. Takes a little getting used to but it did seem to help.

As for the chain, if any thing it was a little tight, but the wheel was centered according to the marks on the chain adjusters.

Oil level was between the lines on the site glass as it was changed recently.

I rode the bike yesterday for about 6 hours with my 100 pound daughter on the back and it shifted as smooth as silk. That tied in with another link i read latter about how another riders bike was clunky unless loaded down.

So now i'm curious to ride the bike alone with out the bags and see if the problem returns. If it does, i'll live with it and continue to love the bike.

Thanks for the help guys, its a great bike and equally great riders.

Keep the rubber side down.

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Is the clutch cable adjusted correctly? The book calls for about 10mm of free play in the lever. Look in your owner's manual for adjustment instructions. As already said, check your chain adjustment. Loading the bike tends to tighten the chain, so that might be a clue.

Try a different brand of oil. Different oil, equally good, will have a different package of additives and may have different clutch and transmission action. Worth a try.
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Gee wizz if it is the CLUTCH CABLE

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Is the clutch cable adjusted correctly? The book calls for about 10mm of free play in the lever. Look in your owner's manual for adjustment instructions. As already said, check your chain adjustment. Loading the bike tends to tighten the chain, so that might be a clue.

Try a different brand of oil. Different oil, equally good, will have a different package of additives and may have different clutch and transmission action. Worth a try.

He is in BIG BIG TROUBLE

Preload it a little and shift it like ya mean it.
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-15-2009, 03:39 AM
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I would adjust the gear lever ( very easy to do ) down a touch more so it contacts your boot a bit more . This can help a lot with that problem .

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False neutral-

I get the occasional false neutral. I have found that if anything, it's just my foot getting lazy or sloppy. It even started happening more frequently when I went from clunkier street-type boots/shoes to actual motorcycle boots with a narower toe, not being used to raising my toes so far to upshift. Now, every time I get one (usually on the way home from work when I'm tired) I just treat it as a reminder to focus more on what I'm doing.

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