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04-13-2017 09:41 PM
pats I found that by shifting out of first sooner and letting the second gear pull you up to the next speed, it is smooth and without grinding or clunking .
04-12-2017 02:34 PM
Swamper It's a characteristic of this model. Either you can live with it or not. Our 1000 is terrible, both upshifting,1-2 or downshifting, 2-1. Suzuki says it's normal and they all do it. Our dealer says some are worse than others.
04-10-2017 09:15 PM
Danatmtl I find the grinding gets worse as the chain slacks. When it is newly adjusted (i.e. tighter) the grinding is much less when upshifting from 1 to 2. But, since the chain cannot be too tight, I find I have to live with a little grinding. The bike is nearing 40k km and behaves the same as when new.
04-07-2017 02:27 PM
chickenlegs My 06 V was crunchy, did the spacer mod and put new rubbers in, new chain and sprockets, it helped, but it was still there. The chain is slightly on the loose side, aligned perfectly and it didn't matter if I short shifted or pre-loaded. Then I did the clutch mod from WERKS and it does not clunk or crunch at all. Not exaggerating, it's shifts very clean all the time. I'm sure with everything I did it all added up.
04-07-2017 01:35 PM
greywolf I thought so but your question made me check. The sprocket carrier spacer is different. My bad. I'll edit that post. Vee2 owners might want to check their sprocket alignment though.
04-07-2017 01:15 PM
Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
Many 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.
Does this apply to the 2014+ DL1000 that is the subject of this thread and subforum?

04-07-2017 10:55 AM
pats Realshelby thanks for the input and also everyone else. I am going to practice this preload technique and loo at my boot/lever positioning. I thought I was done with the clunk which I also had for 98k miles on the BMWGS.
04-07-2017 09:26 AM
greywolf 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.
04-07-2017 08:49 AM
realshelby 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.
04-06-2017 10:10 PM
pats 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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