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post #1 of 17 Old Aug 22nd, 2013, 11:50 am Thread Starter
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Transmission Woes??

My Transmission shift drum as stopped rotating? I thought the lever was dragging on the body works, but when I removed the lever disconnected linkage, bumped the rear wheel the transmission down shift from 5th -4th -3rd and stopped down shifting? And now won’t shift up or down? Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 17 Old Aug 22nd, 2013, 1:56 pm
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I have one sitting in my garage with 75,000 miles on it. Worked fine on my bike with Mobil One in it. The only reason its not on my bike is I bought a motor,clutch, and tranny all together with only 5500 miles on it when I screwed up the engine on my bike.

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My Transmission shift drum as stopped rotating? I thought the lever was dragging on the body works, but when I removed the lever disconnected linkage, bumped the rear wheel the transmission down shift from 5th -4th -3rd and stopped down shifting? And now won’t shift up or down? Any thoughts?
Are you using the clutch to change gears? Can you take a photo of your shifter assembly (the one directly connected to the shaft on the rear side of the transmission)?
It may be something obvious to those who were just there...

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Re: Transmission Woes??

I had a similar problem when I lubed the shifter ball joints. Somehow, I got the reverse assy. out of time with the shifter. I just fiddled with the shifter and the reverse lever till it all started working. I know that is not very scientific but it worked for me. Somehow I had the reverse mechanism locking out the shift mechanism.

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Are you using the clutch to change gears? Can you take a photo of your shifter assembly (the one directly connected to the shaft on the rear side of the transmission)?
It may be something obvious to those who were just there...
I'm down on the Gulf Coast today, be back at the shop Tomorrow or Saturday and I'll do the picture bit.

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post #6 of 17 Old Oct 13th, 2018, 2:10 pm
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Mine started to not shift down from 3rd.
Haven’t removed the covers but I put liberal amounts of WD40.
Nothing.
While trying to get home (wouldn’t shift now down from 4th) I noticed that if I pushed the lever a bit up (while not making a shift but kind of a false neutral) and then down it would shift perfectly.

So, what’s going on here?
What do I have to check?

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post #7 of 17 Old Oct 13th, 2018, 9:37 pm
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Checked the linkage by removing the Chromed covers.
Probably just stiff.
Put WD-40 and seems fine now.


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Re: Transmission Woes??

Always best to take it apart, clean and lube and replace the missing bushes that seal out water and dirt. Also check each of the ball pins and make sure they are tight.

Also look here for a good article on the linkage.
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The best thing I did was to replace the old original linkages with the more robust, service free Power Shift linkages. It improved my gear shifts straight away.
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The best thing I did was to replace the old original linkages with the more robust, service free Power Shift linkages. It improved my gear shifts straight away.
Care to share a link on where to buy them?

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Care to share a link on where to buy them?
I bought it off eBay and at the time all I did was put BMW K 1200 LT shifter linkage kit into the search function. They cost me $154 Au dollars
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I just checked and it says there is one left for the 2005 to 2010 model. They also do one for the earlier models bikes.
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post #13 of 17 Old Oct 16th, 2018, 10:36 am
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I just watched Kirk Johnson's excellent YouTube video (
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These videos are so great, that everytime one helps me with something. I send him a donation.
I dont' think he needs the money, but I'm sure it's gratifying to know that someone appreciates all that hard work to produce those videos. They are outstanding.

Anyways, I didn't do the whole shebang disassembly that Kirk shows, but did WD-40'ed the links.
The shifting is now butter-smooth.
But this weekend I'm planning to do it.

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I just watched Kirk Johnson's excellent YouTube video (https://youtu.be/4o-ysRHinLU).
These videos are so great, that everytime one helps me with something. I send him a donation.
I dont' think he needs the money, but I'm sure it's gratifying to know that someone appreciates all that hard work to produce those videos. They are outstanding.

Anyways, I didn't do the whole shebang disassembly that Kirk shows, but did WD-40'ed the links.
The shifting is now butter-smooth.
But this weekend I'm planning to do it.
WD-40 is not a good lubricant, especially for high stress joints. You definitely want to get some good EP grease into those joints.

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WD-40 is not a good lubricant, especially for high stress joints. You definitely want to get some good EP grease into those joints.
True but if its dirty and stiff WD-40 is good to clean it out, followed by a proper cleaning and lube.

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True but if its dirty and stiff WD-40 is good to clean it out, followed by a proper cleaning and lube.
Yes, WD-40 makes a fine solvent and water displacer, but it is not a good long-term lubricant.
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That's why I said I'm planning to do it this weekend.
It got me out of a pinch. In the middle of city traffic, lots of start stops in 4th... wouldn't have been good for the clutch.
So the WD-40 did its job.
I'll do a proper lube job this weekend.
Thanks
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