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Hello all..

This is my first post anywhere. So If I am doing something incorrectly, chill. I can be a quick learner.

I have been reading and learning from you guys via different threads and post. Wow what a collection of knowledge and wit!!!

I have been a rider for nearly 40 years. A K-bike owner for about six weeks. This is bike my first BMW, and I am impressed.
My last bike was an 1800 Wing, so the bar is set.

Being a bigger guy (almost 6'2") I do not have much difficulty in slow speed handling with the K. Once the clutch is fully disengaged, it turns into curve straightening animal. I love the way it handles and have enjoyed most of its available lean angle.

Here is my issue:
I snapped the shift linkage closest to the shifter.
Disassembled, extracted remains of ball joint, reassembled.

Upon completion of said handiwork, transmission would not give me anything.

Disassemble.
Inspect.
Reassemble.
Now I only get 4th and 5th gear.

Disassemble.
Bike seems to shift whilst manually operating pinch lever on tranny.

Reassemble.
Same results.

Disassemble.
Even though I know that I did not adjust the linkage during the initial fix, I lengthened the aforementioned linkage by 2 full turns this time.
Result, I now have Neutral 2nd and 3rd gears. But 4th and 5th have gone missing. :(

Sooo, Can someone point me in the right direction to adjusting this thing, Damn.
I have read many post and threads, and feel that the transmission itself is fine.
It was shifting fine prior to the linkage break.

Love the forum, like the K bike. But it, as well as my lack of Beemer knowledge is frustrating me.

Any input ? Please ??

Thanks.
2 Stewarts
 

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Hello all..

This is my first post anywhere. So If I am doing something incorrectly, chill. I can be a quick learner.

I have been reading and learning from you guys via different threads and post. Wow what a collection of knowledge and wit!!!

I have been a rider for nearly 40 years. A K-bike owner for about six weeks. This is bike my first BMW, and I am impressed.
My last bike was an 1800 Wing, so the bar is set.

Being a bigger guy (almost 6'2") I do not have much difficulty in slow speed handling with the K. Once the clutch is fully disengaged, it turns into curve straightening animal. I love the way it handles and have enjoyed most of its available lean angle.

Here is my issue:
I snapped the shift linkage closest to the shifter.
Disassembled, extracted remains of ball joint, reassembled.

Upon completion of said handiwork, transmission would not give me anything.

Disassemble.
Inspect.
Reassemble.
Now I only get 4th and 5th gear.

Disassemble.
Bike seems to shift whilst manually operating pinch lever on tranny.

Reassemble.
Same results.

Disassemble.
Even though I know that I did not adjust the linkage during the initial fix, I lengthened the aforementioned linkage by 2 full turns this time.
Result, I now have Neutral 2nd and 3rd gears. But 4th and 5th have gone missing. :(

Sooo, Can someone point me in the right direction to adjusting this thing, Damn.
I have read many post and threads, and feel that the transmission itself is fine.
It was shifting fine prior to the linkage break.

Love the forum, like the K bike. But it, as well as my lack of Beemer knowledge is frustrating me.

Any input ? Please ??

Thanks.
2 Stewarts
Welcome 2 Stewarts from Sugar Hill GA.

Normally the linkages are not a problem and don't break unless the balls are lose on the linkages. If all you did was replace the ball the first time, I have one other place to point you as where I currently am, I don't have access to the adjustment procedure although I am sure it is on this site somewhere.

Unless something is bent, there is what is called a bellcrank. It is the middle pivot point where both linkages attach and transfers the motion. If the bolt that holds that in place is lose, it will flop around some and not transfer all the motion from the shifter through it to the second linkage and you will have trouble like you are describing. Something may still be lose or assembled in such a way that there is some impact restricting the full motion like the screw part of the ball being too long and hitting something.


I assume it was working and shifting properly before the linkage broke. Look at is carefully and see what is lose or impacting something in the path. Were you just shifting normally when it broke? Did it fall or impact something to cause it to break.
 

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Welcome from Kennesaw GA!

I've got nothing for you on the linkage issue, but figured I'd say hello anyway.
 
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