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    Member Lynlee's Avatar
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    Intermittent issue when shifting from 2nd to 3rd...what could it be?

    So I notice when I got my TW (a new 2016), I found some issues when upshifting. I would pull the clutch in and shift up, let the clutch out and the bike would still be in the same gear. For a time I though I was not hitting the the shifter hard enough....but then I started paying attention and it only happens from 2nd to 3rd. This doesn't happen all the time, maybe 1:15 times and sometimes it take a few tries to get it into 3rd. What on earth could this be since it is only from 2nd to 3rd? A TW riding friend is going to help me with my first service, but I am wondering if I should consider taking it to dealer if there is something else going on. It is under warranty.

    Any ideas?
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    That is weird. I don't know what it could be. Not that familar with working on the transmission. What if your clutch is still a little sticky?and not releasing all the time? WAGs maybe it will clear up over time. I know you can shift with out the clutch which makes this weird. Any way you might want to tell your dealer about it now and document your problem.
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    make sure your shifter pedal is not contacting the engine....
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    Sounds like bent shift fork probably. Could also be shift shaft, gear detent, shift drum, worn dog gears. You'd have to take it apart and have a look to be sure.
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    Have you changed/check your oil lately?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blockhead View Post
    Have you changed/check your oil lately?
    I was thinking this also. Fresh Mobil 4T may help.
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    Bent shifter foot.
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    When mine starts shifting funny that's how I know it's time to change the oil.
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    How is down shifting from 3rd to 2nd?
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    Lynlee; as it is a new bike (month or two old); other than checking to make sure nothing visible on the exterior is the problem (like shifter contacting the case as stated) -- I would take it to the dealer you bought it from (at least to document the problem like Tweaker mentioned) BEFORE you and your friend do the first service. Just so the dealer cannot say that anything that you do could have caused a problem.

    Brand new bike - their problem under warranty. And documented if they can't find anything and it is a further problem down the road.
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