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post #1 of 80 Old 05-18-2014, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hard shifting when warm

I have a 2004 Rebel 250 with 2900 miles on it. I bought it with about 2500 miles. My problem is that when the bike gets good and warmed up the shifting gets hard and at idle I can't shift at all. Someone on my XJ forum suggested changing oil which I did today, but after 2-3 miles I can't see any difference. The linkage has been adjusted. As soon as I shut the bike down, even hot, it shift easily. Anyone had this problem, and more importantly, how did you fix it?

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The bike has to be moving a little in order for the transmission to shift. Lubricating the shift linkage, including the roller bearings the shift shaft goes through, usually improves shifting.

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I have a 2004 Rebel 250 with 2900 miles on it. I bought it with about 2500 miles. My problem is that when the bike gets good and warmed up the shifting gets hard and at idle I can't shift at all. Someone on my XJ forum suggested changing oil which I did today, but after 2-3 miles I can't see any difference. The linkage has been adjusted. As soon as I shut the bike down, even hot, it shift easily. Anyone had this problem, and more importantly, how did you fix it?
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I was helping a friend with a different bike (it was a 2000 SV650) but he discovered that once he loosened up the clutch cable that his hard shifting problems went away, suddenly neutral was super easy to find. I don't know if this will help you out at all but it is worth a shot.

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i've been running into the same problem lately. for the last few weeks it seems like neutral is like glue. when the engine is cold or cool it shifts fine. but once hot then it become real hard to get through neutral. at stop lights i have to literally stomp on the shifter to go from 2nd to 1st. or it gets stuck in you guessed it neutral. going from 1st to 2nd is just as bad. when i finally do get it into 2nd after a few feet (up to about 50 so far) it drops back into neutral. it is particularly frustrating when starting, going through an intersection, after stopping at a stop sign or red light. there is nothing like being in an intersection with multiple cars around you all in a rush and the bike dropped back into neutral with the engine screaming instead of accelerating.

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post #7 of 80 Old 07-04-2014, 02:13 PM
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Have you tried adjusting the clutch? If it's out of adjustment it can cause it to be hard to shift.




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Mine also started shifting hard, but I'm also a few hundred miles over my 2,000 mile oil change time.

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yea, i've been making very small adjustments, the clutch cable tension, the shifter. although it has been really hot and humid here lately approaching the high 90s. so this afternoon i'm changing out the oil for 20w50. hoping that will fix it. as this only happens when the engine is hot. when cool or cold it shifts like butter. very smooth.

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Mine also started shifting hard, but I'm also a few hundred miles over my 2,000 mile oil change time.
i've only got maybe 400-500 miles since the last oil change. i also noticed that for the fist time i seem to be losing oil. no idea where thoe. the engine is dry. no blue smoke. but none the less every few days i'm adding a few shoot glasses worth.

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