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post #1 of 17 Old 05-02-2016, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Bike is difficult to go in second gear, intermittent

i have been having issues with my shifting, its a 2013 klr650, 6k miles.

my neutral is extremely EASY to find, it's almost like a regular gear gift, whether up or down.


now this may sound like a good thing but sometimes when i'm accelerating specially on dirt, i move my foot to take it to 2nd gear, the bike goes into neutral and i hear the click. it feels like it engaged but the bike is in neutral and neutral light is on

yesterday i had to repeatedly keep on kicking it up to engage.

is this something that can be fixed by changing the oil??.. or am i looking at a big problem?
this does not happen OFTEN.... maybe once or twice in a ride... save 1 out of 50 shifts...

let me know your thoughts
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Sounds normal to me. What oil are you running??

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Sounds normal to me. What oil are you running??
i have no clue, i just bought the bike, like a month ago.

its a 2013, he was the the first owner and he said he always maintained it himself.

maybe i should just change the oil and put some castrol 10W40 motorcycle oil...

what do you like to use for oil?
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i need to also check the oil level... ill check it out today
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post #5 of 17 Old 05-02-2016, 05:22 PM
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Try Rotella 15-40, This forum talked me into it and I must say, it seem to shift a little better... clutch works real good...

OEM oil is not a option for me, no local dealer.

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you buy this online only?
i asked the old owner he said he uses CASTROL SYNTHETIC.

but he said the false neutral thing is like this since he bought it, so its not an issue, its because it's a CLAW CLUTCH what ever that means .
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Rotella is available EVERYWHERE, Walmart, auto zone, Napa, maybe even k-mart.
It is diesel oil, but it is JASO cert so it is safe for Japanese bikes/clutches.

I am fairly new to KLR's as-well, was going to run synthetic till I did some research..
I don't think there is a "bad" motorcycle oil, the availability, low cost and reviews of Rotella sold me.

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i have been having issues with my shifting, its a 2013 klr650, 6k miles.

my neutral is extremely EASY to find, it's almost like a regular gear gift, whether up or down.


now this may sound like a good thing but sometimes when i'm accelerating specially on dirt, i move my foot to take it to 2nd gear, the bike goes into neutral and i hear the click. it feels like it engaged but the bike is in neutral and neutral light is on

yesterday i had to repeatedly keep on kicking it up to engage.

is this something that can be fixed by changing the oil??.. or am i looking at a big problem?
this does not happen OFTEN.... maybe once or twice in a ride... save 1 out of 50 shifts...

let me know your thoughts
Try "pre-loading" the shift lever, and when you pop it into 2d, give it full movement with your foot. I get lazy some times. I forget to give that little extra up-push.
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I have two KLRs. One has a shift lever that is slightly bent inward so that it can rub on the case if my shifting motion presses it inward. It will sometimes stop in neutral on the way to second. It seems that 1st to 2nd requires a longer throw than the others.

My other KLR without the bent lever shifts fine.
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I have two KLRs. One has a shift lever that is slightly bent inward so that it can rub on the case if my shifting motion presses it inward. It will sometimes stop in neutral on the way to second. It seems that 1st to 2nd requires a longer throw than the others.

My other KLR without the bent lever shifts fine.
i went to the dealer today and asked the service manager about it, he said it's normal. on klrs the first to second requires a long throw.
specially if you are using offroad boots, which may limit ur leg motion, u will have to give a higher throw.

he said they call this LAZY LEG .. HEHE..

its true though, it mainly happens to me offroad, trying to shift standing or trying to shift in uncomfortable positions on the bike.

now my next big deal is installing the 2" risers i got... i need to figure out if i need new cables or no. i posted anotehr thread for this but i did not get many responses, it seems that not too many people have done it!

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