Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Gruene Texas .. DL650K4
False neutrals and side effects thereof?????
OK gang. I have waxed eloquent on this before but want to see some smarter wrenches than me jump in.
I have now had, in the short span of 1500 miles, more 'false neutrals' on this one bike than I have had on all motorcycles I have owned or ridden, combined, over almost 30 years of riding. Always the same: either 4-5 upshift or 5-6 when accelerating. Coast to the shoulder [not always safe] then work it back into some useful gear.
Is there something loose on these bikes? the distance between those gears is cavernous compared to, say, the Roadstar cruiser I had which is like 'click' 'click' from one to another... very short little throws.
Plus, I don't think the following is my imagination hard at work:
- whenever I encounter one of these, the shifting of the trans is very gimpy for hours. What I mean is I immediately notice that each shift thereafter is gritty... not a lot of noise, but I can feel crunchiness in the shift through my foot. Its as though the clutch is not fully engaging/disengaging, or maybe the synchronizers are out of whack? Since I don't know what the inside of that box is supposed to work like, I don't have a theory. Usually on a full cooldown and then the next drive, it feels pretty normal again.
ANy clues? Has anyone had a good service tech take a look at one that behaves this way?
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