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Old 09-27-2014, 12:05 PM   #1
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KLR 650 shifting question

Looking at the potential purchase of an '03 KLR 650 which I took for a test ride today. (This was my first time riding a KLR so I have no prior experience in knowing the characteristics of this bike.) I found the shifting to be rather odd on this particular bike; and by that:
- the foot shift lever did not move much upward or downward when shifting into to the next gear.
- and when I did up-shift, the gear box gave no distinct feel that it had indeed gone into the next gear (though it did).

I did a run through the gears but the shifting was so un-pronounced that I wasn't sure in some cases that I had shifted the bike at all.

Is this typical of KLRs?
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Old 09-27-2014, 04:16 PM   #2
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Not typical, sounds like a bent shift fork.
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Old 09-27-2014, 09:27 PM   #3
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sounds odd. first thing to do is look at the shift lever real close. here the problems I have encountered.... the original leves have a tendency to crack. sometimes they are just loose. and some aftermarket levers are so strong in the attachment area that the pinch bolt can't make it tight. cures with a pinch from the vice or cutting the slot across. some aftermarket skid pans cause problems down shifting to 1st because the back clamp interferes... it only affects 1st because its a longer throw past neutral.
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:52 PM   #4
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The description seems to say that the KLR shifted perfectly every time.

I wonder if the lever travel is simply less than other bikes you've ridden.

My KLR shifts pretty quietly; there's not a LOT of feedback telling me I've shifted, but it shifts reliably.

It doesn't sound like a problem to me to have a transmission shifts quietly with short lever travel.
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Old 09-28-2014, 03:14 PM   #5
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The description seems to say that the KLR shifted perfectly every time.

I wonder if the lever travel is simply less than other bikes you've ridden.

My KLR shifts pretty quietly; there's not a LOT of feedback telling me I've shifted, but it shifts reliably.

It doesn't sound like a problem to me to have a transmission shifts quietly with short lever travel.
I am thinking the same thing, shifts on my KLR are pretty un-dramatic.
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Old 09-28-2014, 03:43 PM   #6
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No slop from shift lever to shaft?
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:48 PM   #7
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Not typical, sounds like a bent shift fork.
Thanks for the opinions but I agree with the above as the best explanation. I've been riding for 25 years and have plenty of seat time on cruisers, standards and sport/sport touring bikes, but this one was just "off" for lack of a better term. I guess the best way to describe it is that it clicked into gear with little to no movement in the shift lever and that there was very, very little in the way of tactile feel of having shifted. Me gut sez something ain't right, and I am going with that.
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Old Yesterday, 08:12 PM   #8
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My shifts have always been really undramatic as well. Also odd is that I swear it sometimes will find neutral down shifting in the higher gears(5 to 4, 4 to 3). Has been doing it since the day I drove it off of the lot 20k miles ago....
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