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I just tried to move my bike and now I have noticed to shift from 1st into neutral is almost impossible. It goes from 1st right into second and it takes a lot of effort just to do that. If I move the bike a few feet it will shift, but then locks up again. A mechanic told me at one place that the rattling I heard in my engine was more than likely the clutch cage. Anyone have any thoughts?
 

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These bikes like to be moving when you shift, mine is hard to shift when its sitting still. Could be as simple as that, not sure on the clutch sound you mentioned.
 

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I have had the bike for three weeks now and this is the first time it has shifted hard
 

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Mine will do the same thing, sometimes it seems like the shifter is welded up and won't budge until I get it rolling.

It will rear it's ugly little head at the worst times on you. I forgot to downshift one day while enjoying the view way too much. It was in 5th and had to roll it backwards since I was headed up an incline to get it to shift.

It may be something else, but try to always leave it in the gear you need or roll it slightly before trying to shift because you can bend the shifter.
 

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they are all hard to shift while stopped, what i usually do is when i get to a red light i shift until i get it into neutral while im rolling.
if i get to a light and still in some gear,its a pain in the butt to get it into neutral
 

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Not to sound critical, but why do you shift into neutral at a red light? Isn't that kind of hazardous to your health to be in neutral at a intersection?
 

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I would highly recommend that at any stop unless you already have traffic stopped behind you, that you stay in gear ready to go for emergency get away for the cager that does not see you.
 

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gears under load can be difficult to shift.
clutch rattle? - unusual on a wet clutch - was the above mentioned mechanic a Ducati mech? They have dry clutches.
 

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from neutral to first is always hard, first thing i would do is to bleed the clutch, then check the idle speed and set it to 900-1000 rpm
 

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oharaLTD wrote:
I would highly recommend that at any stop unless you already have traffic stopped behind you, that you stay in gear ready to go for emergency get away for the cager that does not see you.
Amen.............!!
 
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