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post #1 of 5 Old 05-18-2009, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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Missing Shifts all of a sudden

took a long ride yesterday, bike has <4,000 miles on it (K8DL650), and I missed a LOT of up-shifts for first time EVER. 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, quite often.

got home, changed the oil (Rotella Synth), didn't help. Adjusted clutch (inside sprocket cover, set free play at grip/lever), didn't help.

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This may sound odd, but have you recently changed footwear for riding?....When I got new riding boots, I found that I was missing the odd shift up. This was because the boot was thicker, and was not allowing the shifter to fully "fall back" into its normal position after an upshift. A minor adjuustment of the shift lever took care of the issue.

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not odd at all, and you are absolutely right, I just got some TCX X-Fives. I thought of that and that is probably it, given that the bike has been 100% consistent until my first long day with the new kicks. My wife suggested I ride with the old boots and see if my shifter is suddenly fixed, so I'll try that later today.

I hope that's all there is to it.

I WAS surprised how far my clutch adjusted, presuming I did it right.

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This may sound odd, but have you recently changed footwear for riding?....When I got new riding boots, I found that I was missing the odd shift up. This was because the boot was thicker, and was not allowing the shifter to fully "fall back" into its normal position after an upshift. A minor adjuustment of the shift lever took care of the issue.

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same thing happened with my new boots. took awhile to figure it out

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-18-2009, 06:30 PM
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Also did a shifter adjust after getting new boots. Now have to do it again b/c I sit slightly more erect with the drivers back rest on the WEE. Actually got a false neutral yesterday for the first time in 30,000 kms. Operator error.

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