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Old 04-05-2013, 05:27 PM   #16
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I put a spare trans in my bike several years ago and rebuilt the clutch. It worked. But I was riding around everywhere like I was always angry. I would twist that wrist and rev her hard. I would bang up through the gears and again bang them down at the next light. I got really good at banging that box and only missed a gear or had it pop out of a gear or make really loud noises sometimes. Actually it would do at least one of these at almost every shift just not all of them at every shift.

One day I was tired maybe and so was riding around kinda slow. I noticed that I was not making as much noise shifting the box and it was staying in gear, gee. So I decided I would try to relearn how to shift my trans. I practiced preloading. I shifted with purpose but not rushing it. I rode a bit slower but that did not seem a problem. I did this for several months, this slow riding and careful shifting. I was determined that every shift was important and every shift would work like it should and I could do it.

After several months of this and I had not missed a shift or made a really loud noise with the gears for some time I decided I could increase speed. I could lead the pack again. Only I would still not miss shifts or bang fears.

It's been much better for a couple of years now and I will miss a shift once in awhile or bang the gears once in a weeks time maybe. But not like I used to ride.

BTW, I have a black bike and wear black leather and black shoes, I'm almost invisible but other drivers do seem to notice me. I get envious stares from guys and smiles from gals.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:46 PM   #17
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There was a time, back when these bikes were fairly new, when you could actually purchase an aftermarket lightened flywheel. Lots of people put them on their bikes, and it greatly increased their ability to hit the shifts correctly. Then there were the rest of us who just learned the preload concept, worked at it and got to the point where we were able to shift fairly quickly and reliably, without sounding like we were grinding coffee, or banging the hell out of the tranny.

2 things I have always found useful is to preload, and use the throttle well. i.e. shift well above 3000 RPM. These bikes love to rev and hate to be lugged.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:51 PM   #18
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I noticed a very big difference when i went from the one piece shiftlever to the linkage set up when I made my rear sets.
It improved some more after I replaced the bearings and reshimmed the box while I was installing a lighter flywheel.
But the biggest difference was going to a linkage type shifter.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:57 PM   #19
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I noticed a very big difference when i went from the one piece shiftlever to the linkage set up when I made my rear sets.
It improved some more after I replaced the bearings and reshimmed the box while I was installing a lighter flywheel.
But the biggest difference was going to a linkage type shifter.
The linkage shifter is sloppier but you can nail the ergonomics to get the best action out of your foot. I had to readjust mine until my boots broke in.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:09 AM   #20
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I've logged probably 70,000-80,000 airhead miles. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one that continues to learn the art of shifting these things. I know about the pre-loading, shifting higher in the rev range, etc. Another thing I have found is that they are better once up to temp. I find that somedays they are butter smooth, but most days they require the right finesse and technique.

When riding a motorcycle you can use the muscles in your back, throttle hand, clutch hand, etc. But on an airhead my left foot gets the most work from the careful shifting
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:39 AM   #21
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I have an intermittent issue getting into 1st after being in neutral at a stop. Usually have to push forward or back. And if I don't preload still get the occasional false neutral going to 5th.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:48 AM   #22
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I have an intermittent issue getting into 1st after being in neutral at a stop. Usually have to push forward or back. And if I don't preload still get the occasional false neutral going to 5th.
The occasional false neutral isn't a very big problem if I know when they happen. Probably a matter of paying attention.

When sitting at a light in neutral I have learned to shift into 1st a little early, so I'm ready, and all it takes is a rev of the engine for mine to happen. The moving the bike thing I only have to do if the bike is parked and the engine is not running.

The most annoying thing I get is the gear box falling out of a gear when I'm digging hard. I get a big over revving of the disconnected engine and have to find a gear again. Usually catches me off guard, I mean I'm not expecting this to happen because it is rather rare. Happens once month, maybe.
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