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EazyDuz
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PostSubject: Won't change gear   Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:41 am

I can go from 1st all the way to 5th no problem. However changing from 3rd to 2nd, i push the front shifter down to drop to 2nd and it does, but the heel/toe shifter doesnt spring back, which means i cant shift from 2nd to 1st, so i have to shift back into 3rd, then 2nd then 1st.
It only does it sometimes (think 3 or 4 times per hour riding) but its still annoying. Makes no difference if the bike is hot or cold. Any idea what its likely to be?
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yorky
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:45 am

For me it was the shifter bearing causing this sort of problem...its just a plain bush the gets crud in it and dries up ...apparently its quite common.
Clean and lube the shifter bush and try that first of all.
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:49 pm

  Can't beat a good lubed up shifter bush.
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EazyDuz
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:56 pm

Cleaned it all out, yet to try it though
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EazyDuz
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:19 pm

Well it feels like i've had a new gear box installed. Night and day difference. The gears dont even clunk anymore, i can hardly even feel the heel shifter when i press on it.
Would recommend cleaning that bushing if others havn't already. Thanks for the tip
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:24 pm

Good to hear it was a fairly simple fix & glad to hear your bike is now 'sorted '! 
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:25 pm

Pleased to read that Eazy.
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:59 am

Good to see it sorted Eazy, bet you thought it was gonna cost a fortune, feels good when a problem is sorted for free
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EazyDuz
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:04 pm

On a side note do any of you guys clutchless shift or always use the clutch?
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:13 pm

Sometimes clutchless shift if I'm just pootling around and changing up early, doesn't feel totally natural to me ..... Funny though I've been riding 30years and still can't shake the habit of covering the clutch lever all the time even on the motorway in fifth... Started my riding on some very peaky 2strokes ...
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:02 pm

EazyDuz wrote:
On a side note do any of you guys clutchless shift or always use the clutch?

Only when riding one handed while I smoke a cigar 
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:37 pm

Was doing it in france whilst ambling along, actually shifts smoothly clutchless but the habit to pull in the clutch lever is still strong!
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Mon Jun 22, 2015 6:46 pm

I've  changed clutchless, I'd worry it could do damage
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Rattler
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Mon Jun 22, 2015 6:56 pm

I replaced my shifter bush with one of the ones from Gman. Does make a difference.
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:33 pm

What is the Gman bush Rattler? I've seen them mentioned but never took much notice, are they expensive?
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Rattler
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:42 pm

It's made out of oil soaked bronze. The bush works out about 20 quid but after delivery and import duty was probably 40-50 quid.
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PostSubject: Re: Won't change gear   Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:15 pm

Steep! probably worth it over the life of the bike though, I'll 'stick' with grease, or 'not stick' should I say
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