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Old 06-10-2012, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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1st to 2nd gear clunk

Just bought an 09 KLR, has a "clunk" between 1st and 2nd gears. Normal or should I be concerned???? Thanks
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:43 PM
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Just bought an 09 KLR, has a "clunk" between 1st and 2nd gears. Normal or should I be concerned???? Thanks
I've heard many mention it so believe it's pretty normal. I found an aftermarket longer shift lever will lessen the perceived "clunk" but isn't necessary. I didn't put one on for that reason, but found the shift between 1st and 2nd felt smoother with the longer lever.



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Old 06-11-2012, 07:50 PM
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Clunk

My 09 does it also. I have an 1800 Goldwing that does it worse than the KLR. I think nearly all bikes do. I have read an explanation but don't remember exactly what it was. It seems like there are way more cogs to mesh in the lower gears.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:32 PM
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i'm gonna say normal. klr is clunkier than my other bikes. bmw is almost not perceivable when shifting. changing the oil may help? as long as it goes into gear i think you are ok

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Old 06-12-2012, 09:53 AM
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Every bike I have had has clunked shifting from 1st to 2nd. Some worse than others. Has something to do with having to "jump" over nuetral. IMO...
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:56 AM
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Normal for alot of bikes, more pronounce with the KLR.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:55 PM
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Only a clunk between 1 and 2, try all 5 gears haha. But you can blame it on positive neutral finders on kawis
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:59 PM
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"positive neutral finders" now thats funny. You wouldn't be in marketing would you eparker?
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the help, I wont let it bother me then.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:21 PM
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Lol, freaked me out a bit at first too when I was riding. Fair question, amigo.
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