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Shift Lever - Clunk Into First

I have read about the shift levers on LTs breaking off. I have also read and experienced the clunk going into first gear at a complete stop. I think these may be related. At times the LT seems to refuse to go into first from neutral and only with a lot of effort on the foot shifter does it finally comply. This has to put unecesary wear on the shift linkage. I have found that if I roll back slightly going into first from a stop, it always just slips right in with ease and no clunk. I have tried rolling forward and that doesn't seem to help.

So I guess the reason for this post is to point out my experience that you can probably avoid both the shift linkage failure and the clunk simply by rolling backwards going into first gear at a complete stop.

Has anyone else come to this conclusion?
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Re: Shift Lever - Clunk Into First

I have had this same problem. But I usually just release the clutch & then reengage & it goes into first.

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I have had this same problem. But I usually just release the clutch & then reengage & it goes into first.
This is fairly common, and it's not just the LT. Phil has the right idea, just release and reingage the clutch. This gets things aligned in the transmission so the gears can engage. I have used the rock the bike method on my other BMW's but that can be a bit of a hassle with the Big Girl.
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Re: Shift Lever - Clunk Into First

You can also apply a bit of pressure on the shifter and slowly let the clutch out a little. The shifter will drop into right into first when the gears mesh up. There should never been any need to stomp it into gear. As you suggested, using excessive force is very likely to promote shift linkage failure...on any bike.

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You can also apply a bit of pressure on the shifter and slowly let the clutch out a little. The shifter will drop into right into first when the gears mesh up. There should never been any need to stomp it into gear. As you suggested, using excessive force is very likely to promote shift linkage failure...on any bike.
I have always done this when I had my LT and it works like a charm and never broke anything. I also have had to do this with many Fords to get then into reverse once again never had a problem with any of them. I like to think it as character

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Re: Shift Lever - Clunk Into First

When I first owned the LT same deal...hard to engage from a stop & one of my 1st "help" posts........the answer is throttle-downward pressure & clutch release.

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Re: Shift Lever - Clunk Into First

Never use Neutral... It's for girls...


When you're coming to a stop downshift all the way to first.

When you're stopping same thing.. Shut off bike with sidestand. Leave in first, Always...Sidestand down. Hands off, Key off, then set bike down... You'll never have a roll off...

You'll never have this issue if you don't use Neutral...I don't.

But if you do.. Then pressure on the shifter. Ease out the clutch and she'll fall right in. Then just pull the clutch back..

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Re: Shift Lever - Clunk Into First

Never say never.

I generally avoid Neutral for the first two - three hours, after which my left hand just gets tired or holding the clutch. Yah, I know that MFC and others say about being prepared to escape from rear end collisions. But those 400 - 500 mile days the LT inspires take me through small towns with stop signs and more and with 50 years on the clutch hand, well.

But the recommendations are right. Slight preloading of the gear and gently pulling the clutch lever back until it engages will efforllessly put the bike in gear and once you get the hang of it, not jerk the bike forward at all.

+on using the side stand to shut the engine down in first so the bike will not roll. Although there are times when (and common sense will tell you) the slant where you park calls for backing into the curb or using the center stand, Always is no better that never.

But I do not see any reason for excessive force - its just a matter of getting used to the BMW dry clutch transimission and the incredible short time it takes for the gears to stop when the clutch is pulled.

You will probably discover, as many here have, that preloading the gears and just blipping the clutch to upshift or downshift workes best on the LT. Something the dealers just faile to mention, but you will find may reports of here.

Probably most fo the folks heading out to CCR are doing just that all the way there, on LTs, RTs and the rest of the BWM pantheon.

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