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post #1 of 4 Old Sep 23rd, 2013, 12:28 pm Thread Starter
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2004 R1100S Shifting Problem

I have an intermittent problem where the bike will not shift from 2nd to 3rd or other higher gears without downshifting one gear first. The shift lever moves but no gear is engaged. Double clutching occasionally works but most of the time I have to downshift before going to the higher gear. There is never a problem downshifting. I just has the clutch spline lubed so I think the problem is confined to the gearbox. Does anyone have any ideas for a fix before I commit to a complete teardown?
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post #2 of 4 Old Sep 23rd, 2013, 8:52 pm
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Re: 2004 R1100S Shifting Problem

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Re: 2004 R1100S Shifting Problem

I had a similar problem with mine when I first got it.
Check that your gear change linkage hasn't come loose at the selector spline and slid backwards.
This had happened to mine and the linkage was binding on the frame and not getting full range of movement.
You will find where the linkage is attached to the selector spline below and behind the starter motor as seen in the attached pic and you will also see where the linkage binds against the frame where the large nut is at the engine mount in the second picture.
I hope this works for you, it was a huge relief to me when I discovered it on mine.
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Re: 2004 R1100S Shifting Problem

I agree on checking the linkage alignment. If that does not solve your problem I would check to ensure your clutch slave cylinder is properly bleed and functioning correctly.

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