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Posted: 12/2/2013 2:54:14 PM EST
2013 DR650, 2000 miles.
Took it for a 200 mile ride today, before the bad weather sets in.
3rd, 4th and 5th were sometimes hard to shift up into/.
Any ideas?
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 3:10:55 PM EST
clutch not fully engaging?
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 3:27:18 PM EST
Any chance your clutch cable is goofed up?
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 3:34:43 PM EST
Change the oil.

Nothing fancy, Castrol 10W40 is fine.

BTDT
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 3:39:26 PM EST
I agree with the oil change. Thumper like that beats up oil rather quickly.

I'd say Rotella 15w40
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 4:15:26 PM EST
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Originally Posted By fttam:
I agree with the oil change. Thumper like that beats up oil rather quickly.

I'd say Rotella 15w40
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Bingo
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 4:32:15 PM EST
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Originally Posted By CharlieHo:
Change the oil.

Nothing fancy, Castrol 10W40 is fine.

BTDT
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I'd suggest synthetic oil. BTDT..

Ops
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 4:46:39 PM EST
Oil
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 4:49:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/2/2013 4:49:41 PM EST by GeorgiaBII]
If changing the oil doesn't do it I suggest a clutch soak. That involves pulling the clutch discs and soaking them in oil.

What happens is the discs are dry and grab and drag. Makes for a horrible shift.

Make very sure you don't use "energy conserving" oil. Use a oil rated for motorcycles.
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 5:07:53 PM EST
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Originally Posted By GeorgiaBII:
If changing the oil doesn't do it I suggest a clutch soak. That involves pulling the clutch discs and soaking them in oil.

What happens is the discs are dry and grab and drag. Makes for a horrible shift.

Make very sure you don't use "energy conserving" oil. Use a oil rated for motorcycles.
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Which would be any oil not rated as "Energy Conserving"

Most oils aren't EC rated. Those that are, are not wet clutch friendly.
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 5:18:21 PM EST
Rotella T6 synthetic. MC rated and cheap to boot.
Link Posted: 12/2/2013 5:19:10 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/2/2013 5:19:40 PM EST by wildearp]
I always used Torco sold at the motorcycle dealers and speed shops.

http://www.torcousa.com/
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 3:04:40 AM EST
did anyone mention oil?




Hard shifting is a sure sign to either change the oil, or add more.

Or your shift drum is about to blow up (which is pretty hard to do)
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 5:45:27 AM EST
I agree about Rotella synthetic oil, but it also could be a loose or worn out shifter.
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 10:07:34 AM EST
oil chance, make sure the clutch is GTG and be sure you're dropped the revs a bit when you shift.
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 10:09:08 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/3/2013 3:11:13 PM EST
Are you sure your clutch isn't out of adjustment? A different oil can certainly smooth things out, but I don't think it should be "hard" to shift gears regardless of what oil you are using. That's the first place I would check if I were you.
Link Posted: 12/4/2013 3:14:43 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Tit_Dirt:
Are you sure your clutch isn't out of adjustment? A different oil can certainly smooth things out, but I don't think it should be "hard" to shift gears regardless of what oil you are using. That's the first place I would check if I were you.
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too thick of an oil will make the bike harder to start, too thin of and oil will make is shift "clunky" or hard.

IMHO, high dollar oil is a gimmick. Choose the correct oil for the temperature you operate at.

Example, I ran either Rotella or Delo 15w-40 in big rigs. Would go 30,000 - 38,000 miles between changes. NEVER had an oil related failure.

In all my bikes (I-4s, thumpers, and twins) I ran/run Rotella. I change it around 3500-4500 miles (road bikes) the thumper gets new oil every 2000 miles (lots dirt and dust).

NEVER had any adverse issues.

That said, you could run NAPA brand oil, change often and never have an problems.

maybe this will help



Link Posted: 12/14/2013 9:49:13 AM EST
Well, this morning I adjusted the clutch cable and changed the oil using Amsoil 10w 40 motorcycle and suited up and went for a ride.
I am very pleased with the shifting now, smooth, like butter.
Thanks for the help.
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