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Old 09-05-2012, 06:32 AM   #1
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riding to work yesterday morning rolled to a stop sign went to down shift and nothing cant down shift with clutch but can at speed with out clutch any ideas?
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riding to work yesterday morning rolled to a stop sign went to down shift and nothing cant down shift with clutch but can at speed with out clutch any ideas?
Need more details.
Just happened all of the sudden?
I am assuming you mean that you stopped, tried to downshift into first but no go?

You mentioned that you can go forward without clutch. Can you downshift from higher gears to lower ones after moving and or is this a first gear only issue?
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I can shift through all 6 with clutch it's getting back to first that's the problem
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I can down shift without clutch only just started happening never happened before
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I can shift through all 6 with clutch it's getting back to first that's the problem
My "guess" is a bent shift fork.
The good news here is that in the grand scheme of transmission issue, this one should be on the lower end of $$$$ to repair.

Take it to Motorcycles Unlimited for diagnosis.
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Basically, u were on high gear, and u come to a complete stop then u try to down shift?
I have similar situation from time to time.
What you need to do is let go the clutch just to let it engage a lil then grab on to it again. (meaning u will feel a lil push from the bike) Then you should be able to down shift from there.
I am guessing it's bcuz the gears are not in the "teeth in" position with each other.
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When was the last time you adjusted the clutch cable (if cable clutch), when was the last time you bled the clutch (if hydraulic). The first thing to check is to make sure that the cable is adjusted properly as a clutch that won't completely disengage is the most likely and easiest to fix reason to find downshifting difficult.
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Just an FYI, its more likely that its a worn shift fork rather than a bent fork. It takes very little wear on the forks to cause problems. I would start by adjusting the clutch
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Have you recently gone down on the left side?
The 636 shift shaft can be knocked out of place internally causing the issue you're describing.
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Have you recently gone down on the left side?
The 636 shift shaft can be knocked out of place internally causing the issue you're describing.
ah.. that makes a little Sense a buddy of mine was walking the bike stepped in a hole and it fell on him could that have caused this?
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and will it hurt it further to continue to ride it untill i could get it to a shop
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my sv650 does a weird thing like this (only when down shifting) what i have to do (if im coming to a complete stop) is stop the bike, then roll the wheel backwards then i can feel the shifter make contact with the transmission, and i can shift down like normal,

or, if im still moving, and it happens, i "feather" the clutch and i can feel it click and engage, then im good to downshift again.

dunno if this will help in your situation, but i thought i'd atleast provide this bit of info.
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A couple of years ago I was on a trip and made a stop to get something to drink. Came out of the store hopped on the bike and took off. Several miles down the road later I went to downshift and it was difficult. I thought my tranny was taking a or something. When I got off the bike I looked at the shift rod and it was bent. The only thing I can think of is some kid tried climbing on my bike while I was in the store. I was able to straighten it and continue on.
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Depends. How much do you like your clutch?
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ah.. that makes a little Sense a buddy of mine was walking the bike stepped in a hole and it fell on him could that have caused this?
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and will it hurt it further to continue to ride it untill i could get it to a shop
It's not a good thing to continue to ride it.
If you can bring it by I'll test ride it and give you my opinion, no charge.
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It's not a good thing to continue to ride it.
If you can bring it by I'll test ride it and give you my opinion, no charge.
sweet ill bring it by
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What was the final diagnostic on this issue?
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