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Old 12-15-2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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Broke My Shift Spindle. Wtf honda.

This is The first time I've ever seen a gear shift spindle break.

Riding my New crf250l (1800 miles) through some forest trails here in florida and after the past weeks rain storms i found a log on the trail at about 15 miles an hour.
Sent me and the bike about 10 feet where we landed on our left side and my shoulder.
When i stood the bike up i wasnt the least bit surprised to find that the bars had bent and my hand gaurd/ clutch lever were adjusted. After knocking my Levers back into place I jump back on the bike only to notice I'm Stuck in third Gear and my shifter has been sheared off the pin that comes out....
Has anyone else seen a spindle break off like this....
Its only 30 dollars in parts with my employee discount but I'm Still now having to go through the hassle of cracking the cases...

Wtf.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:34 PM   #2
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This is The first time I've ever seen a gear shift spindle break.

Riding my New crf250l (1800 miles) through some forest trails here in florida and after the past weeks rain storms i found a log on the trail at about 15 miles an hour.
Sent me and the bike about 10 feet where we landed on our left side and my shoulder.
When i stood the bike up i wasnt the least bit surprised to find that the bars had bent and my hand gaurd/ clutch lever were adjusted. After knocking my Levers back into place I jump back on the bike only to notice I'm Stuck in third Gear and my shifter has been sheared off the pin that comes out....
Has anyone else seen a spindle break off like this....
Its only 30 dollars in parts with my employee discount but I'm Still now having to go through the hassle of cracking the cases...

Wtf.
That's what can happen when you drop a motorcycle on it's gearshift.

NOT Honda's fault.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:09 PM   #3
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That's what can happen when you drop a motorcycle on it's gearshift.

NOT Honda's fault.
I cant say its Honda's fault.

But damn. Usually the shift lever breaks off. Which is ideal. EDIT: Breaks off and leaves the spindle intact, that is.

I have the same bike...I think collapsing shift levers are in order.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:13 PM   #4
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You just got lucky. Something hit the shift lever at just the right spot and broke the spindle. Could have happened to any bike.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:30 PM   #5
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This is The first time I've ever seen a gear shift spindle break.

Wtf.
I think this is the first time I've ever heard the term "gear shift spindle".
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:47 AM   #6
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It happened to me on my 97 XR 650, It was a low speed tip over, I lifted the bike and the lever and spindle end were on the ground. I was quite surprised that it broke like that also.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:06 AM   #7
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This is The first time I've ever seen a gear shift spindle break.

Riding my New crf250l (1800 miles) through some forest trails here in florida and after the past weeks rain storms i found a log on the trail at about 15 miles an hour.
Sent me and the bike about 10 feet where we landed on our left side and my shoulder.
When i stood the bike up i wasnt the least bit surprised to find that the bars had bent and my hand gaurd/ clutch lever were adjusted. After knocking my Levers back into place I jump back on the bike only to notice I'm Stuck in third Gear and my shifter has been sheared off the pin that comes out....
Has anyone else seen a spindle break off like this....
Its only 30 dollars in parts with my employee discount but I'm Still now having to go through the hassle of cracking the cases...

Wtf.
I've seen it happen on a 99 XR400 as well. Never any other bike though.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:21 AM   #8
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stock gear shift lever?

a lot of people think that putting on a beefy lever will help...it might help feel but what it does is weaken the spindle...

HONDA designed the gear shift levers to act like spaghuetti when hit...therefore minimizing the torsional effects on the gear spindle.

this is a very common issue on the xrls, xr600 etc...new buyers start putting on mods like this without even thinking about the effects and go by bling factor..

Im not saying you did this that is why I asked if the lever was stock...

I have pics showing what a car crash can do to a gear lever on an xr6, and no the spindle did not brake...also I concur with the other guys in saying that if you hit it just right there is no way any spindle will survive without breaking...

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Old 12-16-2012, 08:32 AM   #9
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Should be able to install from the clutch side.No case splitting.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:37 AM   #10
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It sounds like a Honda problem, judging just from the posts in this thread.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:55 AM   #11
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well obviously it sounds like results MAY VARY...jajajajajaja!

my case:

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:20 AM   #12
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It sounds like a Honda problem, judging just from the posts in this thread.
No, it's specific to motorcycles that get launched and then land on their left side.

Btw-the OP should realize that a broken shifter spindle is a lot better than a bent shift fork.

Count your blessings.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:25 AM   #13
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Should be able to install from the clutch side.No case splitting.

NOT!!!

The engine has to come COMPLETELY apart to access the shift shaft. When you split the cases you can leave the stator alone and the crank stays in the left engine case. You might even get away without having to disturb the transmission. Retract the shifter from the drum and PULL.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:29 AM   #14
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dang, i got 97,000 miles on my honda xl600 before the shifter broke off.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:47 AM   #15
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Bluhduh

You are lucky. The Shift Shaft goes through the Gearbox and ends up on the clutch side of the Bike. Worst thing you will have to do is to remove the Clutch and Clutch basket to get to the Shifter shaft. It should just pull out an then you can pushthe new one in. About an hours worth of work depending on how handy you are!
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