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I have been riding the LT for just over 2 months and I still find myself missing second gear on a fairly regular basis. I think I have upshifted, and the gear indicator says "2" and then I suddenly find myself in neutral, often with then engine revving very high. Am I still just getting used to the bike and its transmission or is this a quirk of the LT that I just need to get used to?
 

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This is one of the oddball things about the LT that you need to get used to.

Pull the clutch in less when you upshift from 1st to 2nd. Its almost a speedshift (no clutch).

Also, you don't need to slam the shifter (like you do on a HD). It should slip into gear almost as smoothly as an automatic transmission.
 

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markc said:
I have been riding the LT for just over 2 months and I still find myself missing second gear on a fairly regular basis. I think I have upshifted, and the gear indicator says "2" and then I suddenly find myself in neutral, often with then engine revving very high. Am I still just getting used to the bike and its transmission or is this a quirk of the LT that I just need to get used to?
My '05 does it occasionally. I would say less than 5 times in 25,000 miles.
 

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Try a piece of tape over the indicator.
You'll rapidly get used to the feel of going into neutral, first and second.

Another thing you can try is striving for the smoothest shifting, and only going up to about 3600RPM.

For me, its about feeling when the trany engages first, or second, and how it feels going into neutral.

The other thing I have to practice is standing on the ABS breaks. My gut always tells me I'm way past the point where my breaks are going to lock.

Bob
 

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It happened to me too on my '99 as I was getting used to the bike. I found that I was not getting my boot fully beneath the gear selector lever, I was catching the end of the lever. As I trained myself to position my foot fully beneath the lever I cut the number of phantom shifts by 75%. That being said, I'm a little worried about the dash indicator saying that you are in second, but then you rev in neutral. You have a new (to you) '03, so you can't know what was done to the gear linkage in the past. It may be that the balls and cups are dry and need lubrication, it may be that one of the ball studs has started to turn out, introducing "slop" in the linkage, and it may be that the inner link needs adjustment. I'd see if there is a tech session nearby in the near future and if someone can give you a hand pulling the left foot plate, inspecting the linkage, and giving everything a good cleaning and lubing. Good luck.
 

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If you haven't done it recently, you might be surprised how much easier the shifting is after you re-lube the shifter linkage. YMMV
 

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When I first got my LT I used to miss shifts once in a while and I thought I was being sloppy or it was just a quirk of the LT. I finally had a shift ball break. I put a new one in and after the repair/lube I could not shift into second at all. I adjusted the linkage and haven't missed a shift in years.. :thumb:

Do yourself a favor and get some white lithium grease in an auto parts store and lube your linkage. Check to make sure none of the ball studs have not started to back out. Do not overtighten...

That will probably fix your problem. If your not into mechanical repair attend a tech session and someone will show you how to do this relatively simple repair.
 
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