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    Difficult shifting on new 2017 CT
    on: Jun 25, 2020, 07.46 pm
    Jun 25, 2020, 07.46 pm
    I just bought a new 2017 CT USA version.
    After riding several hundred miles I have noticed that it has become more difficult to shift from 1st to 2nd. It seems to require more effort than I would think to make the shift. Sometimes going from 5th to 6th I feel 2 brief clicks as it goes into gear. The dealer told me to put new oil in the bike and in the final drive which I did, it didn’t seem to make a difference.
    I would appreciate any advice you can give me.

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    Re: Difficult shifting on new 2017 CT
    Reply #1 on: Jun 25, 2020, 10.12 pm
    Jun 25, 2020, 10.12 pm
    What oil do you use?
    I don't understand the problems with the shifting over here. I have about 72000km on the bike without any problems and i only change oil somewhere between 15 and 20kkm and only changed the transmission oil in the final drive once.

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    Re: Difficult shifting on new 2017 CT
    Reply #2 on: Jun 27, 2020, 05.26 am
    Jun 27, 2020, 05.26 am
    Thanks for the reply. I had a chance to ride a new 2017 today from the dealer, to see if the transmission shifts similar to mine. The shift from 1st to 2nd is the same as mine, a little noisy and clunky. But since both bikes feel the same it must be normal.

    Thank you

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    Re: Difficult shifting on new 2017 CT
    Reply #3 on: Jun 27, 2020, 02.17 pm
    Jun 27, 2020, 02.17 pm
    I have 2017 to and it needs time to sit, it is new! I had a similar thing! It also depands on revs and timing of the shifts!
    My has 5500km now is  becoming smooth, still sometime makes a click between 1 & 2 gear and it normal!
    You have to chanage engine oil at 1000km!
    Do not worry, it all ok! 😃

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    Re: Difficult shifting on new 2017 CT
    Reply #4 on: Jun 27, 2020, 09.47 pm
    Jun 27, 2020, 09.47 pm
    Hi Toeman,
    It is a new bike stiffness thing, it will improve with mileage. The thing with 1st to 2nd is that 1st is a constant mesh cog and 2nd through 6th are synchromesh cogs so it will always feel like more effort to go between 1 and 2.
    5th to 6th as Max2007 says requires a learning to be smooth and deliberate, but you will probably be in cruise mode with this shift so you can practise it.
    Beautiful part of the world you live in, I toured there a few years ago including the Lolo pass and rate Idaho stunning.
    Tom   

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    Re: Difficult shifting on new 2017 CT
    Reply #5 on: Jun 28, 2020, 05.17 am
    Jun 28, 2020, 05.17 am
    Thanks so much for your replies, and your  assistance.
    Last Edit: Jun 28, 2020, 05.18 am by Toeman

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    Re: Difficult shifting on new 2017 CT
    Reply #6 on: Jun 29, 2020, 12.17 pm
    Jun 29, 2020, 12.17 pm
    I own a US version 17. Give it about 5 or 6 thousand miles and keep clean oil in it. Adjust the shifter for your foot/boot size and run a 10w40 full syn. I run Mobil1 4t 10-40. Mine was clunky at first but it smooths out.

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    Re: Difficult shifting on new 2017 CT
    Reply #7 on: Jun 30, 2020, 03.49 am
    Jun 30, 2020, 03.49 am
    Thank you Dave