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Old 10-25-2012, 07:28 PM   #3766
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Is the bike actually running?

Doesn't sound like the doo to me, if that goes, it usually takes out the top end and nothing runs.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:38 PM   #3767
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Is the bike actually running?
Motor humming along smooth. Just no gear to find in tranny. I'm thinking maybe a shift rod, 'cause I'm not sure I got a solid downshift into 4th. Seems like it disengaged as I powered up a steep hill. I rolled to a stop at the top and tried to find a gear. None.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:42 PM   #3768
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Yeah, definitely not the 'doo then. I know next to nothing about motorcycle transmissions, any chance it's clutch related?
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:43 PM   #3769
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Probably the shift fork if I were to guess.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:44 PM   #3770
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Motor humming along smooth. Just no gear to find in tranny. I'm thinking maybe a shift rod, 'cause I'm not sure I got a solid downshift into 4th. Seems like it disengaged as I powered up a steep hill. I rolled to a stop at the top and tried to find a gear. None.
Stripped your counter shaft splines.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:03 PM   #3771
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Bluhduh

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Stripped your counter shaft splines.
Well that doesn't sound good at all! I thought these Bikes were suppose to be "Bulletproof"!!!
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:32 PM   #3772
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Well that doesn't sound good at all! I thought these Bikes were suppose to be "Bulletproof"!!!
There is no such thing.

I know in the 10,000 miles that I had my KLR the counter shaft splines showed a decent amount of wear. Some of the Single 650 GS's have stripped their countershaft splines and place the blame on aftermarket sprockets that are too hard and wear the shaft splines down instead of wearing the sprocket splines.

I'm just guessing though, but it's pretty easy to determine if the counter shaft is turning, just pull that sprocket cover off.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:32 PM   #3773
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"Bulletproof" cracks me up. Most everyone says every bike they own is "pretty much bulletproof".
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:26 PM   #3774
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Motor humming along smooth. Just no gear to find in tranny. I'm thinking maybe a shift rod, 'cause I'm not sure I got a solid downshift into 4th. Seems like it disengaged as I powered up a steep hill. I rolled to a stop at the top and tried to find a gear. None.
Sounds like the shift pawl spring. I've replaced two of them this year in my shop for other riders. No big deal...removed right side cover to verify. You'll need outer case and waterpump gasket as well. Good time to clean the oil screen too.



Just in case did you get down on your hands and knee's and carefully look over your shift lever and its attachment point to the shift lever. I've seen quite a few factory lever's crack at the weld and not allow enough leverage to turn the shaft.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:12 AM   #3775
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Daylight Diagnosis

In the daylight, it turns out, I broke the drive chain. Problem solved..........................kinda! I guess this engine IS "Bulletproof"!!! So powerful it can break a perfectly good chain at full power up a steep hill.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:19 AM   #3776
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In the daylight, it turns out, I broke the drive chain. Problem solved..........................kinda! I guess this engine IS "Bulletproof"!!! So powerful it can break a perfectly good chain at full power up a steep hill.


Change your chain out sooner next time!

At 23000 miles, I'd be thinking about chain number 3!

To be honest, I broke a chain on my KLR once, too. 13,000 miles on the chain and a nice big rock between it and the rear sprocket and ka-pow!
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:22 AM   #3777
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23k on stock chain and sprockets? Yes you need to change sooner. Get new chain and sprockets.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:28 AM   #3778
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In the daylight, it turns out, I broke the drive chain. Problem solved..........................kinda! I guess this engine IS "Bulletproof"!!! So powerful it can break a perfectly good chain at full power up a steep hill.
Good grief...really? Thats 5 min of my posting life I'll never get back.

On a serious note...engine that is 'bullet proof' is a direct correlation to the owners ability to properly maintain much less just keep oil in it.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:34 AM   #3779
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23k on stock chain and sprockets? Yes you need to change sooner. Get new chain and sprockets.
Thanks for the advice BUT I don't remember telling anyone that was the original chain. In fact it was reasonably new EK as well as the sprockets. I bought the Bike in Aug. with 22K on it. Previous owner stated chain fairly new. And that was verified when the front sprocket was swapped out. The 15T I put back on was the original and it looked good to me ........... at the time. In retrospect, I may replace that one..................or both. I recovered the Chain just a moment ago when I came back for Dr. appointment. One link just broke.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:36 AM   #3780
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Thanks for the advice BUT I don't remember telling anyone that was the original chain. In fact it was reasonably new EK as well as the sprockets. I bought the Bike in Aug. with 22K on it. Previous owner stated chain fairly new. And that was verified when the front sprocket was swapped out. The 15T I put back on was the original and it looked good to me ........... at the time. In retrospect, I may replace that one..................or both. I recovered the Chain just a moment ago when I came back for Dr. appointment. One link just broke.
Master link?
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