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sv trouble shifting - September 20, 2009, 08:06 PM

I just got an '02 SV a few months ago and now occasionally it feels like it doesn't want to go into gear. I can get it in first no prob but then it sticks and doesn't want to go into second. I am using the clutch but it still isn't smooth. Once I get it into second, I down shift and up shift a few times to loosen it up, but I'm a bit concerned. My only guess is that I'm trying to shift too early and I'm not at high enough rpm's... but I've rode about 1,000 miles without this happening... so why now?

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September 20, 2009, 09:06 PM

check clutch cable adjustment. 9 times out of 10, people don't have enough slack in it. You should have about a nickel's width of free play at the perch/lever on the handle bar.

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September 20, 2009, 09:55 PM

What he said...
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September 21, 2009, 06:42 AM

Clutch adjustment is surely the first place to look....

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September 21, 2009, 06:51 AM

Do you know if the bike has ever been dropped? I had this problem with my ZX6R and it ended up the owner before me had replaced the shifter but put it in wrong. I took it to R&R and rick had it back on the road in a couple of days.
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September 21, 2009, 12:59 PM

this happened on my bike also (99 gsxr 750) matter of fact, it still happens. I would shift down for 1st...then up to 2nd...but would have to tap the shifter ever so lightly down (not down-shifting), then up to get into 3rd.

What I found out was that the shifter was not going back to where it was supposed to be after a shift. I think it's prolly a lil spring or something but i dunno...i already got used to shifting like that and can do it on the fly now with no problems
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September 21, 2009, 05:14 PM

I changed the oil when I got it. Will definitely check the clutch adjustment... hopefully that's it. The previous owner told me that it's never been down and it doesn't look like it has... but you never know...
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