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Got stuck between two gears.

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by GazWaz, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. GazWaz

    GazWaz Member

    Good afternoon all,

    This is the second time it's happened to me and I was just wondering if it's just one of those things or is something giving up in my box.

    Riding along this morning on my 53 Sprint ST. Giving it some welly, got to about 60 in third, went to fourth, opened the throttle and it was like I was in neutral. Looked down, no neutral light. Tried to kick it up into fourth again and got massive gear crunching and kick back from the gears so tried to go down to second by which time I was doing about 40mph. It went into gear but it sounded awful going in.

    Bike seems fine and no bad noises or anything but I'm expecting to find a couple of teeth in my next oil change. Like I say, this has happened to me on two occasions. Both when I've been caning it.

    Does anyone else have this happen. Is it something to be concerned about.

    Cheers all.

  2. Edders

    Edders Well-Known Member

    I have had that once or twice but more than likely down to me than the bike and could be something as subtle as you changing position very slightly when you are straining against the acceleration force; once fitted a corbin seat and was sliding around so much that I had the change gear whenever I happened to pass the gear lever. Unlikely to see a neutral light when you are hitting a false neutral. Mismatch of gearbox speeds against road speeds wont help either once it all clunks back into place

    No long term harm done to my bike and I doubt it has to yours if all sounds good with no bad noises through the gears. Was the gear change okay afterwards? Give it another go and see what happens (on a private road of course!)

    Is your clutch adjusted okay?

    And I wont start on about preferences for oil and the effect on the gear change
    barry.t100sr likes this.
  3. Big101

    Big101 The cake is a lie

    +1. Etc. Mine finds false neutral occasionally, normally accompanied a mechanical clunk that sounds more suited to finding reverse gear in a tank. It generally finds another gear with more histrionics, then we're off again :)
  4. GazWaz

    GazWaz Member

    Cheers lads.

    Gear change is fine after it happened Edders. No strange noises or anything. The bike does appreciate some pre-pressure on the gear selector before chaining both up and down the box. I tend to get smoother changes that way. I think it's easy to get lazy on changing and that's probably what I did. Not quite as much pressure as it needed. It's not exactly a race spec clutch mechanism on these bikes is it.

    Oil.......? Now there's a subject.... Lol... Just changed my oil 3 weeks ago. Always go for Putoline Super but only because Firefox racing is round the corner from where I work and it's really easy to just bob down and pick it up.
  5. Big101

    Big101 The cake is a lie

    Chain tension can make a difference to gear change. I think I need to recalibrate my right big toe...
  6. SmudgerSmith22

    SmudgerSmith22 Active Member

    'Bout time you guys joined the modern world and upgrade to something not designed in 1968!! ;) :rolleyes: :D
  7. GazWaz

    GazWaz Member

    Yeh... Chain and sprockets changed a month ago.. although the front sprocket that came with it was a 19 tooth. Left it on for a couple of weeks and really didn't get on with it so put an 18 back on.

    I've tried different chain tension configurations. My Bandit 1200 liked the chain slightly on the lose side but I can't seem to get it to make a difference on this bike. I've tried it spot on to spec, lose and slightly tighter and it doesn't seem to make a difference. Maybe suspension is flexing too much.?

    I don't know...
  8. Dave - W

    Dave - W Member

    If you try a clutchless gear change, does it work better? If yes, your clutch needs adjusting.

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