Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Guilford, CT, USA
I had a similar problem after replacing some of the parts in my linkage. (I could not take the bike out on the road because the rear drive and driveshaft were off at the time, so I did not experience the bike jumping out of gear.) Shifting from neutral to first was erratic, shifting from first to second was difficult, shifting from second to third or above simply did not happen. Second to first was no problem, but I could not find neutral out of second no matter how gently I moved the shift lever. Turned out that I needed to adjust the length of my short rod by loosening the lock nut and turning the cup. In my case I needed to lengthen the rod by about 2 full turns. Unfortunately, I started out by shortening the rod, so I went through about a dozen trial-and-error adjustments, which was a real PITA. Tip: you do NOT need to put the little pin in the cup for every trial. Took me awhile to realize that. I don't understand the mechanics of the system, but the final full turn was like magic, suddenly I had a tranny that worked smoothly when running through the gears up or down. Good luck.
'99 Canyon Red K1200 LT - Buddah Bike