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post #1 of 10 Old Dec 14th, 2006, 2:22 pm Thread Starter
 
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I have hard time putting the bike on fisrt gear. This is my first BMW. Am I doing something wrong or do you think I should ask the dealer to adjust it? I have a K 1200 LT 2005. Thank you
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post #2 of 10 Old Dec 14th, 2006, 2:32 pm
 
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I had a hard time when I first got on the bike too. I'm not sure of the physics, but if it won't pop into 1st, SLOWLY release the clutch A LITTLE at a time and keep trying - it'll pop in. Obviously, don't let it out too much unless you want to see it stall (and you'll probably end up in a heap on the ground after it tips over).
I rode a Honda for 2 years before the LT and have never heard of this. I guess it's just a little touchy. You'll get the hang of it.
Reverse is the same way. If it doesn't want to click into reverse, roll it forward or backward SLOWLY until the lever kicks into R.
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post #3 of 10 Old Dec 14th, 2006, 3:05 pm
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Thumbs up You have to get used to it.

provencale,
I had trouble too as I waited to hear the THUD of it going into first like my roadglide harley did.

On my 03 LT I find that if I engage QUICK after squeezing the clutch lever it'll go right in. All works better if there is some movement of the gears when engaging into first.

You'll get the hang of it in short order.
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Same with me on my old 99. I just looked at the gear shift indicator which was accurate 90% of the time.
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post #5 of 10 Old Dec 14th, 2006, 3:59 pm
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This is normal. As per my dealer, put a small amount of pressure down on the shifter and let the clutch out very slowly. You will feel it pop into gear easily. Whatever you do...don't jam down on the shifter to make it go into gear. You will find many, many threads here about broken shift linkage. Welcome to the site!

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While seated on the bike, double clutch and roll the bike slightly forwards and back (just on the balls of your feet) and she'll drop right into 1st!

Do not try to force it or you run the risk of breaking the shift linkage.

Be gentle!!

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post #7 of 10 Old Dec 14th, 2006, 6:33 pm
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While seated on the bike, double clutch and roll the bike slightly forwards and back (just on the balls of your feet) and she'll drop right into 1st!

Do not try to force it or you run the risk of breaking the shift linkage.

Be gentle!!
In addition to Tads post, I often have to (while in N) just let the clutch out, pull it in and she goes right in to first!

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I read somewhere on this sight that if you only slightly pull in on the clutch lever (approx. 1/4") that you will feel it engage 1st, then you can give the lever a good squeeze if you need to whilst you prepare for departure. Works for me every time. The "slight" clutch pull also helped in the dreaded full throttle neutral between 1st and 2nd (DOH!)
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sometime you have to rock it foward and backward just a little to get them to go into gear. omurphy
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post #10 of 10 Old Dec 15th, 2006, 8:34 am
 
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Same with any vehicle with dry clutch, car, truck, bike. If it don't go in, pull in the clutch, let it back out & shift. With a wet clutch, the circulating fluid keeps the parts moving a little with the clutch in, that why you get a little jump when you put the Honda in gear. With the dry clutch nothing is moving with the clutch in, that's why you need to shift as soon as you pull in the clutch.
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