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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-27-2020, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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I am new owner of 2020 FJR ( three weeks). I have a question for more experienced riders about gear change.
Often when I ride I "can't find the gear". Here is an example. I am riding 40m/h on the third gear , I engage the clutch and try to get to fourth gear , move the lever up and it is not catching it. It will take few tries to "click" . It is happening often , with different gears. Is this normal for FJR's or I am doing something wrong? I had similar issues with my old Triumph (occasionally) , but not us much like with the FJR?
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-27-2020, 06:30 PM
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My “best guess” would suggest adjusting
the shift lever to better clear your boot
and allow the lever to return to “center”.
If that didn’t help, I would do an oil change.
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My “best guess” would suggest adjusting
the shift lever to better clear your boot
and allow the lever to return to “center”.
If that didn’t help, I would do an oil change.
that is the first step ..is it ALWAYS 3rd to 4th?/ or was that just an example

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As someone who just bought an 09 fjr, i have had same issue. Coming from a Vstrom 650 the shifter area might just be compact enough that the toe of my boot holds it up a little and like others said doesn't allow the lever to return to center. I'm trying to get a little more seat time before i make any changes to the bike, but i've experienced this a couple of times already.
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post #5 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-27-2020, 09:38 PM
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I'd suggest disassembly of the left footrest stay and thoroughly lubing the linkages and shift lever pivot.... shifter perhaps not completely returning to center as SLK50 says, and yes an adjustment for your boots is also good.
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or try different boots
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post #7 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-27-2020, 11:01 PM
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Try to pre-load your shifter a little so that there is pressure on it when you disengage the clutch. I don't know about the '20 models, but with my '13, the clutch plates don't seem to want to work well (separate) until I put about 8 or 10 miles on the bike and get it really warmed up. My bike has more of a problem with downshifts than upshifts, but after it gets warmed up it is fine both ways. Blipping the throttle (as in revving it up, Harley style) when starting off in the morning seems to lube up the clutch. (I have learned all of the above from tips on this very forum...)
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post #8 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-28-2020, 04:03 AM
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The owner's manual will tell you how to adjust the shift linkage. Simple task. It will take longer to get the tools than to do the adjustment.

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It’s normal if your boot isn’t letting the shifter return completely. Happens to me every time I buy a new pair of riding boots. Shifter is easy to adjust or simply go ride the bike and make sure you pull the toe of your boot down completely between shifts first to confirm. I had one pair of boots that the bike plain wouldn’t shift until I readjusted the linkage and put leather conditioner on the shift patch of the boot. Don’t panic we’ve all been there.
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Another boot post .......

That happened to me after buying new boots with thicker soles. If I slid my boot completely out from under the shifter to make sure it reset the next shift was always fine. I adjusted the lever a bit upward, and all's been fine since.

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