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Old 04-19-2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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SE with Rough Gears

I got a used 3500 mile SE last year and really don’t like the way this thing shifts through the gears. I put about 1500 miles since the purchase and changed oil and all that stuff but the gearbox seems really rough to me. Are all the SEs like this?

I haven’t been on any other LC8 bikes to say if this normal or not…. maybe just the SE?
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:46 PM   #2
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Wearing bike boots or Crocs???
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:46 PM   #3
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Not as smooth as

your HONDA's ,
but they do brake in with lots more miles on them .
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:50 PM   #4
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Greetings,
My SE only has about 1200 miles on it, but the gearbox is super slick.
Yes, even Honda slick.

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Old 04-19-2010, 04:01 PM   #5
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Smooth as butter

8000 miles and very smooth. What kind of oil you using. I run redline 20/50. When its been in there for 4000 shifting from neutrel is a little clunky, but thru the gears is still smooth.
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:08 PM   #6
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Wearing bike boots or Crocs???
It’s the gears not the boots.

It’s driving me crazy engine hot or cold 10 miles or 110 miles.
I have 2 complaints
#1 sometimes I pull the clutch in and go for first and all it does is grind the gear. The clutch operation seems to work just fine but the gear operation is lacking.
#2 when going through the gears the shift action is real hard like loud clanking but the foot lever is not hard to move. Causal riding not hauling ass or you could say riding like a BMW owner… LOL
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:35 PM   #7
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I got a used 3500 mile SE last year and really don’t like the way this thing shifts through the gears. I put about 1500 miles since the purchase and changed oil and all that stuff but the gearbox seems really rough to me. Are all the SEs like this?

I haven’t been on any other LC8 bikes to say if this normal or not…. maybe just the SE?
6000 miles on my SE and gear shifts are smooth.
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:45 PM   #8
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Clutch jet

Have you cleaned the clutch jet??
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:48 PM   #9
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It’s the gears not the boots.

It’s driving me crazy engine hot or cold 10 miles or 110 miles.
I have 2 complaints
#1 sometimes I pull the clutch in and go for first and all it does is grind the gear. The clutch operation seems to work just fine but the gear operation is lacking.
#2 when going through the gears the shift action is real hard like loud clanking but the foot lever is not hard to move. Causal riding not hauling ass or you could say riding like a BMW owner… LOL
Sounds to be an issue with the clutch actuation, I'd check for leaks, and bleed the system. The slave cylinder has been known to be problematic.

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Old 04-19-2010, 04:49 PM   #10
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Have you cleaned the clutch jet??
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Is this something simple that I can do or should this by done by the dealer?

I’m an aviation mechanic not a bike mechanic but I think I can handle most tasks.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:22 PM   #11
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Sounds to be an issue with the clutch actuation, I'd check for leaks, and bleed the system. The slave cylinder has been known to be problematic.

+1

I'm guessing it will shift better after simply bleeding the clutch system. It's real easy.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:25 PM   #12
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I'm guessing it will shift better after simply bleeding the clutch system. It's real easy.
Should have some time tomorrow for a bleeding… if I can find some mineral oil
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:49 PM   #13
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Amsoil synthetic ATF works very well, nice light action.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:51 PM   #14
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Amsoil synthetic ATF works very well, nice light action.
I don’t have many options in my location No Amsoil here. I should be able to find some mineral oil at our grocery store though.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:56 PM   #15
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Clutch. When I start mine from cold, let it warm up to 3 bars, choke off and my tick over is at the lowest I can get away with and she still clunks into first. When she was new the clutch would bite giving me bad changes, false neutrals etc. Miles my friend, it gets better.

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