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Difficulty with shifter

1363 Views 9 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  evan
Hi I'm new here and with a tw200. I've only had my 09 tw for a couple of weeks now and haven't really had a dual sport since 72. Ok, after driving the tw for awhile I find it difficult to get into neutral when I park. Each time I try, first and second engage, bypassing neutral altogether. It feels stiff while doing this, even rolling the bike back and forth with the engine still running doesn't seem to help. I don't have this problem after short trips though. Any thoughts?
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I've found that when the TW starts to get hot, its harder to shift. Thats probably why its harder to find neutral on longer rides.

Also, chain slack plays a major role in how the bike shifts. You need it just right.

Lastly, make sure you are using the correct oil. I used a heavier oil once and I could barely shift it at all.

Definitely watch the oil. When I used 20-50 for the summer temps my gearbox was virtually seized up trying to shift into 2nd at 10-15 mph. Sometimes it would be so bad I'd end up back at 0 mph and still be stuck in first. It was too weird. Back to 10-40 and everything was fine.

Popping a bike out of gear can be tricky, but with practice you should be able to learn to give it that tiny super-light tap and get it right most of the time. When I pull in our driveway and cruise it in 2nd I can pop it out of gear shut the bike off and roll into the shed 49 times out of 50. Every once in a while I pop into first. Practice!
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