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Lost my lower gears...??

Well I was on a little ride yesterday, about 25 miles from home. I did a down shift and the shifter didn't kick back up. I could lift it back up with my foot back to five but down shift again and only 4th gear again. pulled over and played with it a while and managed to get 3rd once. Hit the road back home in 4th and 5th. I haven't checked it out today. It's a 2010 900 Classic which I bough this summer new in the crate. I'm sick about it and don't know what to do except take it to the dealer for a fix.

Any thing I should try first?
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Sounds like a trip to the dealer... If you bought it last summer, you should still have your warranty (how many miles?). Outside of not shifting down, any other issues, noises, grinding while thebike is in motion? Does the clutch feel like it's operating correctly? I am wondering if the clutch is not engaging enough to allow a down shift to the lower gears (speculation...). In any case, I'd have the dealer take a look at it. Good luck (I have the same year & model).

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Shouldn't it still be under warranty???

Looks like you beat me to it.

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Lost my lower gears...??

Would contact dealer right away to fix. Dont ride it until it is. Even if you doget it working for now, if it dont do it again for 6-8 months, when the warranty is out, its a major exspence to fix. At least this way you have the probablem documented at the dealer.


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Yes, it is in Warranty. To the shop she goes! I suppose I'm in denial. lol Thanks everyone.

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Would contact dealer right away to fix. Dont ride it until it is. Even if you doget it working for now, if it dont do it again for 6-8 months, when the warranty is out, its a major exspence to fix. At least this way you have the probablem documented at the dealer.


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This will help you a lot. I leaned this one the hard way with GM once. If you take it to a dealer and they don't find anything they still have to document it and it will help build a case for you if it COMPLETELY fails after the warranty is gone.

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A friend of mine rides a Sportster and had trans troubles last winter. Took it in and they had to completely rebuild it, $3400 that time, 2 months later had to have done again at 3700. He was very glad he had exstended warranty. # weeks later the belt broke, bought a new one and it broke 5 days later. Took it back and the shop replaced this one because the front pulley was not alinged properly.
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Hmmmmm, just a few ideas to explore right off the top of my head.

Shifter return spring?

Shifter linkage adjustment?

Clutch lever adjustment?

Check oil level?

These may or may not have anything to do with the problem, but I would attempt to check them out if I could without harming the bike. I agree with the others that since it's under warranty, you should take it to the shop, but I would still want to know the source/cause of the problem.

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Hmmmmm, just a few ideas to explore right off the top of my head.

Shifter return spring?

Shifter linkage adjustment?

Clutch lever adjustment?

Check oil level?

These may or may not have anything to do with the problem, but I would attempt to check them out if I could without harming the bike. I agree with the others that since it's under warranty, you should take it to the shop, but I would still want to know the source/cause of the problem.

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Just my thinking, First thing I did was check the oil but I knew not because I keep an eye on that as I change it myself.

I am thinking clutch adjustment or likkage adjustment but am dumb on how to check or do the adjustment on a bike. If it was a car I might could figure it out.


Is there a quick check I can do?
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On your clutch lever adjustment, here is what I would do. Pull very lightly on the clutch lever with your fingertips just to take out the slack. Then see how much gap is between the clutch lever and the housing. If there is more than about 1/8" then I would consider adjusting the lever.

Don't know how to tell you to check the shifter linkage other than to see that the shifter pegs move in a full range of motion when up shifting or down shifting. I've never measured what the full range of motion is.

Oh, here is one other thing. Don't baby it when shifting gears. I always use the heel shifter to upshift and I stomp it pretty good. Likewise, when downshifting, I tap the toe shifter pretty firmly. Don't be afraid you're going to hurt it.

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