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post #1 of 8 Old 05-27-2009, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Slipping out of gear?

I was taking a nice ride up the coast today and shifted nice and smooth into fourth. About ten seconds later (probably) the bike slipped into third. RPMs shot up. I shifted back up. Rode an hour or so and no further issues. This has happened to me several times, but RIGHT after I shifted. So I didn't think too much of it. There was definitely enough of a delay today that it was in fourth and then slipped. I swear my left leg isn't that weak. Any ideas? Next oil change I'm going Rotella, but I'd appreciate any other thoughts. About 6K miles on the bike and I don't thrash it.

Never really happened to me on another bike that I can recall...




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post #2 of 8 Old 05-28-2009, 04:36 AM
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I've had it happen on various occasions on different bikes, and it's always a sloppy shift to blame..
Usually about once a year I catch myself with a bad shift and the bike lets me know what I did.. This year on the Wing, I was downshifting and I didn't do my job and the bike slipped into a false neutral..

If it starts happening on a regular basis, it's a sign of a worn gear or bent shift shaft or fork.. If it's just every great once in a while, it's a sign of the rider thinking about the ride..
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Thanks. Happens to me in 2nd usually when I AM abusing it, otherwise it always shifts fine.
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Cool, thanks. Yeah, I'm chalking it up to operator error, but I wanted to check and make sure it wasn't clutch gremlins.




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Hey, that was my 500th post. And an important one it was.




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Thanks!

(this one is especially important...a post for the ages)

Seriously though, if any of my posts helped anyone, I am eternally grateful to be able to return the knowledge given me by the folks on this site.




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post #8 of 8 Old 06-03-2009, 10:33 AM
 
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It's happened to me a couple of times but I just figured I wasn't paying enough attention to riding. I have always been rubber necking the scenery when it happens.
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