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Old 04-20-2015, 09:09 AM   #1
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Question KLR 650 TranS Issue

Just got a 2004 KLR with 29,000 miles. When I shift into first from neutral the bike jolts forward slightly- even with the clutch all the way down. When rolling and shifting into either second or down to first it feels I can feel a few sharp clicks in the gear shifter as the gears engage - even with the clutch all the way down. The sprocket and chain are new. Any thoughts on what this may be about?

Does these bikes normally have a very small friction zone?
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:23 AM   #2
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Does these bikes normally have a very small friction zone?
Not in my experience. Run through the usual, check your clutch cable adjustment, then dive deeper. Sounds like a cable issue.
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:28 AM   #3
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ya, get as much slack out of the cable as you can. obviously you need a little, the book says 2mm movement at the lever before engagement. I use less
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:52 AM   #4
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Sounds like normal wet clutch operation. All the frictions and steels are spinning together even without pressure squeezing them together. When you drop it into gear half the mass stops. First gear has the most reduction and you get the biggest jolt that way.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:20 PM   #5
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check shifter on frame

I had some downshifting issues on my klr and the shift lever was just barely hitting on the frame. I indexed it up one spline and my problem went away.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:35 PM   #6
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Just got a 2004 KLR with 29,000 miles. When I shift into first from neutral the bike jolts forward slightly- even with the clutch all the way down. ...
Yeah, so?

It's a KLR... get over it. The first shift after a cold start will usually twitch more than a little. Not so bad after things are all warm and loose.

As a long-time Honda rider, my first impression when riding home my brand new KLR was ... ewww, that's kinda iccky. Rough, notchy shifting, rattly... The KLR was bike number 5 in the current stable. 4 years later, it was all alone, more fun than all the rest. I love that bike, notchy, rattly, and all. You'll get used to it. Just ride it... don't forget to have fun.

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