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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 07-27-2018, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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shifting is clunky...

My 2012 cb500f with about 4000 miles shifts poorly. This is based only on my experience with other bikes I have ridden. The shifting (up or down) on this bike is not very smooth and regularly it is more effort that it should be find neutral. Is this a common complaint or experience?

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Mine was like that when I first got it. A simple adjustment on the lower adjuster is all I needed to do.

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Find mine can be incredibly silky smooth one ride, next ride its clunky and loud. Very irritating as I keep blaming myself. But even riding as identically as possible the shifting always changes

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Find mine can be incredibly silky smooth one ride, next ride its clunky and loud. Very irritating as I keep blaming myself. But even riding as identically as possible the shifting always changes

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An oil change should fix that. I always change at ~2k-2.5k miles. That keeps that from happening.

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One thing I think that may help cause the "clunkiness" is the clutch is too tight, and when engaging it, it still is putting some "turning" pressure on the gears. Try re-adjusting the clutch cable (rotate the adjuster so it is longer). Just make sure you don't go too far and have the clutch slipping when riding.
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One thing I think that may help cause the "clunkiness" is the clutch is too tight, and when engaging it, it still is putting some "turning" pressure on the gears. Try re-adjusting the clutch cable (rotate the adjuster so it is longer). Just make sure you don't go too far and have the clutch slipping when riding.

+1, that's what I did .

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One thing I think that may help cause the "clunkiness" is the clutch is too tight, and when engaging it, it still is putting some "turning" pressure on the gears. Try re-adjusting the clutch cable (rotate the adjuster so it is longer). Just make sure you don't go too far and have the clutch slipping when riding.
This seems backward to me. If the clutch is dragging, or "putting some turning pressure on the gears", then you need to SHORTEN the cable and make the clutch lever more "tight".
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This seems backward to me. If the clutch is dragging, or "putting some turning pressure on the gears", then you need to SHORTEN the cable and make the clutch lever more "tight".
Yep. Putting more tension on the cable is what worked for me. A couple of turns on the lower adjusting nut is all you need.

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keep to properly recommend clutch free play. if you have changed to adjustable lever, make sure there's no drag when the clutch is fully depressed.
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This seems backward to me. If the clutch is dragging, or "putting some turning pressure on the gears", then you need to SHORTEN the cable and make the clutch lever more "tight".
I was referring to the adjuster on the handlebar. Rotating it out of the holder will in effect lengthen the outside cable housing - which has the same effect of pulling the inner cable tighter - which has the effect of pulling in the clutch lever further which then dis-engages the clutch more when shifting.

Any way to make the outer cable housing LONGER will do the same thing - whether you do it up at the handlebar or down at the engine.

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