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I am having problems with a lot of slack between gear changes. This was not apparent to me until I started hitting neutral a lot going up through gears from stop (usually leaving traffic lights). I have looked at the gear lever travel and it appears to be excessive between each gear. My question is, is there a procedure or order to adjusting gear linkage and should this fix my problem or is it internal to the gearbox.


Makes me feel a bit silly free revving the bike in neutral when I am meant to be in second.
 

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I am having problems with a lot of slack between gear changes. This was not apparent to me until I started hitting neutral a lot going up through gears from stop (usually leaving traffic lights). I have looked at the gear lever travel and it appears to be excessive between each gear. My question is, is there a procedure or order to adjusting gear linkage and should this fix my problem or is it internal to the gearbox.


Makes me feel a bit silly free revving the bike in neutral when I am meant to be in second.
There is no adjustment to take up slack in the shift pedal or linkage, however based on what you're describing, I'm thinking perhaps your shift pedal needs to be adjusted down from where it is now. If the shift pedal is too high relative to your particular ergonomics, it's not unusual to experience missed upshifts.

You make this adjustment by loosening the two jam nuts on linkage rod where the rod threads into the ball joints. Then rotate the linkage rod to lower the shift pedal. When you've got the shift pedal height to where you want it (making sure you still have a sufficient amount of thread on both ends of the linkage rod engaged in the ball joints) , re-tighten the jam nuts against the ball joints.
 

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It seems odd that after putting 12,000km's on the bike I'm only having the problem now in the last week.
 

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generally,, when shifting [up as the example]
it should always be with a positive feel,
ie, feeling the stop, which indicates the change..

this is as it sounds, and not complicated..
however, for analogy, think of shutting a cupboard
or a drawer, where even if you dont slam it shut
or even doing it quietly, you can still feel
when its closed [with eyes closed]..

even such things as new/different boots/shoes
can make a difference to shifting movements..

when installing rear-sets [or yoshi rear set plate etc
first check is sitting on the bike, in riding position,
in first gear, then sliding your left foot down
to make contact under the gear shifter..
it should be obvious if its too low [or high]..
if it seems too low after doing a few movements
then adjust it up a little and check again..
this takes next to no time anyway..

my first interaction with my new hondas has been
to loosen off handlebar furniture, mirrors, etc,
then adjust everything to suit my size/ergonomics
and personal preferences..
bearing in mind some new hondas needed
new flatter bars anyway..

think of it as personalising your, motorcycle,
rather than some sort of nuisance..
everyone has different body dimensions,
finger, arm etc bone lengths etc..
just as you would try new shes before buying,
adjust your motorcycle wherever its adjustable
to suit you and your body..
[my first change for cbr250r and cbr300r
were yoshi rear set plates.. honda makes things
for 'the average' rider and intended use etc..
its up to you how you adjust its adjusters]
you try on new shoes for fit..
 
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