Join Date: May 2005
Location: Clane, Co Kildare, Ireland
Sticky Gear Selector
I mentioned a few weeks ago about my gear selector being sticky. I have to bring it back up with my foot and send it back down also, it is not returning to centre on its own.
I was reluctant to take it completely apart so I just sprayed some copper grease on to the linkage but as some else here mentioned at the time, I will have to strip it all.
So today I stripped it, and removed the two ball and socket joints. The were filthy, but moving quite freely, I completely clean them and go them ready for re-installation with more copper grease.
However, I think that the friction I am experiencing is not coming from the linkage, but the bolt and washers that are used to hold the actual gear pedal in place.
It is held in place with a large allen bolt. When I finally removed this, I saw traces of nut lock, at least that is what I thought the red stuff was anyway.
Then I allow this bolt to sit loosely, the pedal is free as a bird, but when I tighten it, it makes the pedal quite stiff. There looks to be a sort of bearing in the middle of the hole in the pedal, but it does not look to me like it is freely moving. The washer on the big bolt also seems to be making a friction joint with the pedal and the more I tighten the allen bolt the more the gear pedal becomes stiff and less free.
Firstly, any of you guys got a more precise understanding on how this is supposed to operate. Should I leave the bolt loose-ish and hold it in place with nutlock as opposed to friction?
Do I need a new gear selector or a new bearing, if so, how do I get the bearing out.
Should I dare riding the bike at all without nutlock in the bolt again?
Any additional comments gratefully received.
Mark in Ireland
K1200LT & R1100RT