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  • Offline Kenbeau62

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    Notchy Gear Changes ??
    on: Mar 24, 2019, 04.46 am
    Mar 24, 2019, 04.46 am
    Hi Fellow CT owners. I was curious to know if all CT's are prone to have notchy gear changes?? By that I mean slightly difficult to change up gears & sometimes when changing down also??
    Mine is a 2012 model not the DCT Version. Bike has fresh oil  & replaced Final gear oil etc. only thing I haven't done yet is the clutch fluid but that will be next .. Just thought I would ask before I go any further with it. Bike has just shy of 50000ks on her & apart from this is running like a dream I am not the original owner of this bike that's why I'm asking this question.

    Thanks Kenbeau062.

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    Re: Notchy Gear Changes ??
    Reply #1 on: Mar 24, 2019, 01.09 pm
    Mar 24, 2019, 01.09 pm
    Hello mine has a minor clunk 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 1st the rest very smooth in deed one of the best gearbox's I have had on a bike no issues at all changing up and down.

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    Re: Notchy Gear Changes ??
    Reply #2 on: Mar 25, 2019, 12.47 pm
    Mar 25, 2019, 12.47 pm
    Hello Kenbeau62,

    I have a 2016 manual that can be a bit "notchy", as you call it. Also, occasionally finds a false neutral between 4 and 5, and 5 and 6.

    Had it checked by the dealer when it was last serviced, and declared "normal" !!  :112:   :027:

    It's something that I've learned to live with :169:

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    Re: Notchy Gear Changes ??
    Reply #3 on: Mar 26, 2019, 02.10 pm
    Mar 26, 2019, 02.10 pm
    I also have a 2016 Manual CT and I find it notchy too. I was a little disappointed when I first drove it. I figured a new bike would have had new technology. I'm used to 90's BMW that were also notchy but reliable. I'm hoping Honda will be even more reliable. 
    My worst disappointment is the back lash but I also got used to it.

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    Re: Notchy Gear Changes ??
    Reply #4 on: Mar 28, 2019, 05.41 pm
    Mar 28, 2019, 05.41 pm
    My hunch is that its more to do with the thinner 10w/30 oils now specified making you feel things moving in the gearbox. Its like nats water. I am tempted to change to a 10w/40 like i have used on literally every other bike i have owned. Maybe others have already tried this and noticed a positive difference?

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    Re: Notchy Gear Changes ??
    Reply #5 on: Mar 29, 2019, 03.28 pm
    Mar 29, 2019, 03.28 pm
    Yeah its notchy and not a precise feeling gearbox.  My Ktm 950 has the best gearbox ever so precise between every gear and can find neutral even while still rolling.  This box and the odd gear ratios especially between one and two is not pleasing.  :013:
    If you find changing the oil helps please advise thanks!

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    Re: Notchy Gear Changes ??
    Reply #6 on: Mar 29, 2019, 03.36 pm
    Mar 29, 2019, 03.36 pm
    *Originally Posted by 5 speed [+]
    Yeah its notchy and not a precise feeling gearbox.  My Ktm 950 has the best gearbox ever so precise between every gear and can find neutral even while still rolling.  This box and the odd gear ratios especially between one and two is not pleasing.  :013:
    If you find changing the oil helps please advise thanks!

    Yup, as soon as I switched the factory fill out to a fresh load of Mobil-1 10w 40 full syn MC oil, any clunky shifting went away.. 10W30 is specified only for emissions and fuel economy standards and nothing to do with better engine protection.
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    Re: Notchy Gear Changes ??
    Reply #7 on: Mar 29, 2019, 11.24 pm
    Mar 29, 2019, 11.24 pm
    My 2016 CT manual is very similar to my 2008 ST1300. 1st to 2nd can be clunky or notchy as you may say. and vise versa 2nd to 1st. All other gear movement is fine. Here are some things I have learned to do. I do what I call a half clutch, it will go a long way to very smooth shifting. I only pull the clutch lever in part way and then shift, both up and down. Preloading the shift lever a bit helps too.

    I seldom use the clutch once in 2nd gear. I just shift without the clutch up and down. I slightly back off on the throttle then shift. But never 1st to 2nd or 2nd to 1st. It can be done but it is abrupt.

    Using these techniques you will find this to be one of the smoothest gear boxes out there.

    This does not come without practice. Remember Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. :001:
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