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Old 03-17-2008, 04:22 AM   #1
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Two questions Regarding my Bike (Oil Light and Transmission)

Oil Light: When the engine is off but ignition is in On Position, I notice the Oil Light is on. This turns off as soon as I start the bike and the engine starts running. It doesn't ever come on when I'm riding. It turns back on then I turn the engine off. Anything for me to be worried about? The oil level looks good.

Transmission: Sometimes when I am cruising in 6th gear and I am approaching a stop sign/red light, I would begin to down shift. What I personally do is wait till the RPMs in 6th gear get to about 2,000, I would clutch in and begin to down shift into 1st gear while braking. sometimes, it doesnt want to down shift.. it seems to be stuck. When I come to a complete stop, I slow start releasing the clutch. It kind of "pops" the transmission back into place and allows me to begin down shifting to first gear. Sometimes it happens when I am in 3rd or 4th gear at a stop and I need to go to 1st. It wont further down shift/up shift until I slightly release the clutch to let the transmission "pop" back into place. Then it allows me to shift from there. (only happens sometime.. once every 2-3 days)

Anything I should be worried about with the two?
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:28 AM   #2
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No prob with the oil light. Thats normal, cages do it too.
The transmission shifts a lot easier when the bike is rolling and engine is at the correct rpm range for the gear. Should be a list in owner's manual. When stopped and it wont shift, no need to pop the clutch, just roll the bike back and fourth a little while trying to shift at the same time. You'll feel the gears line up and the down shift will be made when everything does line up.
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:37 AM   #3
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I'd suggest not to wait till RPMs are low, instead earlier down shift will help to stop sooner using engine breaking, plus what Mate said about the RPM range for gear. Get used to it as you will need it as your need for speed progresses.
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:35 AM   #5
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when D/S match the gears to the speed your going, don't wait to be stopped and shifting down.
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:41 AM   #6
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and research how to "blip" the throttle to help match the RPM and unload the gears...
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:22 PM   #7
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:02 PM   #8
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Even if you decide to downshift all at once when the revs are down let the clutch out and blip the throttle between each shift to keep everything engaged and synched up. Its really not the best way to do it and it takes for ever time and distance wise(don't do this in traffic), about the only good side to it is it will help you develop the habit of blipping and will give you a good feel for the proper gear at a given road/engine speed, so that when you start braking harder and stopping shorter (which is really, really easy on sport bikes) you don't panic and fudge the control inputs and end up stalling or lurching into the back of someones car.

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