1st to 2nd issues ...

Steve72J
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1st to 2nd issues ...

Postby Steve72J » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:35 pm

Perhaps it's from the GT sitting so long and riding a different bike, but going to 2nd has become an issue. Occasionally when going into 2nd it's a easy prod on lever and a slight "clunk" is heard, as is/was normal.

But more often than not, a loud clunk is heard and the lever sometimes feels like it doesn't want to move without an excessive amount of force. Not so much I'm worried about damaging anything, just enough to notice it.

If I crawl out of 1st into 2nd as soon as the bike is rolling most of the time it feels right. But occasionally it's extremely stiff. What could be going on ?

Gear box oil is at the right level and maybe has 2500 miles/4000k on it. Can't say it's any different when cold and warming up, or when it's at operating temperature.

Haven't checked the clutch adjustments in awhile but as I've said, it hasn't been ridden much in a few years.

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Re: 1st to 2nd issues ...

Postby malky » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:02 am

I think this is a normal Suzuki GT thing - what makes 1st to 2nd worse sometimes especially if it's on choke is that the revs hang more than normal hence the familiar clunk - I rode a GT250 ,a T500 and a Yamaha RD250 on Saturday and remember thinking to myself how much better the gear change on the Yam was with a lot less travel and a much more positive neutral - not so much dancing about with the gear lever either trying to find neutral
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Roger Ackery
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Re: 1st to 2nd issues ...

Postby Roger Ackery » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:10 am

Funny mine has never clunked first to second in 16 years !! finding neutral can be a problem at times,especially if you stop in first & want neutral :(
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Re: 1st to 2nd issues ...

Postby Steve72J » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:14 am

Thanks Malky ...going to go with that, could be my shifting, know I'm rusty. And yes, I have trouble getting neutral sometimes too, rarely though. The lever just doesn't want to go there sometimes and I have to tweak the clutch.

Got a Motion Pro Cable Luber the other day and when we get settled from our move next month I plan lubing the cables and checking all the settings. Other than the throttles, those are fairly new.

Got a occasional nasty rear brake squeal that I might look at sometime too.

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Re: 1st to 2nd issues ...

Postby Roger Ackery » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:13 am

Hi, keep an eye on that rear brake, you maybe getting a bit low on brake shoe material or it just needs a good clean up from brake dust & standing ;)
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Re: 1st to 2nd issues ...

Postby PaulD738 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:07 am

On both kettles I’ve owned first to second has always been a bit iffy, I found the easiest way around it was to short shift and get into second as soon as possible. Do it nice and slowly and you will be ok. It’s just a matter of refining your technique. As they say “they all do that sir” :roll:
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Re: 1st to 2nd issues ...

Postby Dutch » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:34 am

[quote="PaulD738"]On both kettles I’ve owned first to second has always been a bit iffy,

I've noticed this on mine but only when the engine is cold, ok once warmed up

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