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post #41 of 119 (permalink) Old 08-20-2012, 04:42 AM Thread Starter
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So an update on my box.
Finally all the parts came in last week and the mechanics did a great job in turning it around in a day for me.
Picked it up friday night, rode home sweet as a nut.
Took the girl to Kangaroo valley for a run over the weekend, ran really well, had a great time, did about 300 or so km's, no hiccups whatsoever.
Got on it this morning it felt like I was riding a tractor.
Gears jamming, not just first to secong, but 2nd to 3rd, and false neutral betweem 4th and 5th......
Am rapidly thinking that my bike is definately female and doesnt like getting out of bed in the morning, cos it rode home fine.
I havent rung the dealer yet, will persevere for a week or so, to see if it beds in a bit or not.
Am rpidly thinking of just giving up and living with it
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post #42 of 119 (permalink) Old 10-11-2012, 04:57 PM
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I haven't updated my status on this issue in a while, but I am still dealing with a shifting problem. I had my GT in for the 6K mile checkup a month or two ago. I made a big deal about the shifting issue and the dealer couldn't reproduce it. They did do a nice adjustment on the cable and lubed some things up. The tune up they did with the 6K mile was awesome. But sure enough a few weeks or so after I got it back I started having shifting issues.

I dealt with the difficult shifts for a month or so and then several times I ran into an event where I was driving and couldn't shift up or down. I could stand on the shift lever with the clutch in and it wouldn't budge. I had to pull the bike over and fiddle with the cable and shifter and then I could get it to switch gears. Then I would get back on the road and the thing would start to shift like a swiss watch. I brought it to the dealer adamant about having it fixed. They drove it a bunch, talked to triumph, read these posts, and couldn't replicate this issue.

My next options are to have them crack the thing open at my own expense even though it is under warrantee and do some exploratory work. If the problem persists I will have to trade it in on something else . The new yamaha sport tourer is looking pretty good.

I love this bike, it is perfect, but I can't go around dry humping the transmission. One day I will be in a difficult spot in traffic and this will cause me more serious problems. Its got to get fixed.
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post #43 of 119 (permalink) Old 10-12-2012, 04:45 AM
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I mentioned this to pte831 in a previous post on this subject but it would be worth taking off the clutch cover and checking the plates for dry spots before unloading the bike wouldn't it?

If they are dry, try soaking the plates in oil and reinstalling them. People have had good luck doing this on this forum on ST's so it might be the same for the GT as well. If you search for that topic you'll see those who did it were usually very happy and the problem did not return. There is also a link to a video somewhere I believe.

I had a similar problem and was able to cure 75%% of the shifting issues by squirting oil right through the filler hole on to the spinning plates but the exact technique I used is difficult to describe and you have to be super careful or you could damage the basket, so I guess I'm not recommending doing it that way.

The fact that I was able to get more oil on the plates and it improved the shifting greatly, makes me think that you should try it as well before giving up.

Good luck.

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post #44 of 119 (permalink) Old 10-25-2012, 02:46 AM
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Thanks Fritzi. I appreciate the information.

I have had a new symptom arise. I got the bike back from the shop a couple days ago. The mentioned they probably road the bike 30 miles trying to replicate the problem with no luck. Yesterday when I left work heading for home I went to make my first shift into second gear and the shifter was completely locked up. I got very frustrated and gunned the engine. There was then an audible, metallic clunk, and it felt like something either released or fell into place. I could then shift again. The shifting became increasingly smoother as the ride progressed.

I called the shop right away and they are supposed to call me with a new course of action.
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post #45 of 119 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 04:27 AM
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2 weeks ago the shop soaked the clutch plates in oil. They also said they found several areas on the basket that were rough and needed filing which was done. So far things have been shifting much better. I have ridden a good amount over the last couple weeks without incident. I am cautiously optimistic. However, I still feel the shifting is not as consistent as it should be. I'll have to wait and see. It is starting to get cold and I won't be riding as much. Last winter was mild and I pretty much rode through it, but I think it will be colder this winter and I may put her in the basement for a few months...

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My 2011 GT shifts better than my Honda CBF1000 did except for the odd time going into first; sometimes it just takes a small clutch engage/dis-engage correction (almost like a syncromesh trans in a car) would feel not going into first. I feel this is totally normal and blame it on being so new with only 200 miles so far running in. Also these bikes are cold blooded and proper warm up takes time. Just my .02, good luck...
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The problem is in the new clutch design. I have 50,000k miles on my GT. Some days it shifts great. other times I have to sort of force it to shift.

In my case, it's the downshifting. Upshifting is better because I have learned to start shifting before the clutch is totally disengage. Dowshifting is not near as smooth........
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Originally Posted by sportsprint View Post
The problem is in the new clutch design. I have 50,000k miles on my GT. Some days it shifts great. other times I have to sort of force it to shift.

In my case, it's the downshifting. Upshifting is better because I have learned to start shifting before the clutch is totally disengage. Dowshifting is not near as smooth........
Agree with sportsprint! I have a 07, and same thing: some days it shifts like a charm, others is hard. Many times can't get it into neutral,
either up from first or down from second. If stop the engine, can shift to neutral with one finger! And yes, the preload on shifter before pulling the clutch makes a huge difference!

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post #49 of 119 (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 06:03 AM
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I have 86000 Klms on my GT. I have had similar issues with the gear selection.
My excellent Triumph service provider worked out it was due to a $2.00 spring on a $396 gear lever assembly. (3 weeks from the UK)
I now have a responsive gear change that feels nice and tight like new.

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post #50 of 119 (permalink) Old 09-30-2015, 11:59 AM
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Please tell us more about that. I have the same issue w/ my GT.

was it the spring on this picture


or the one on this picture


Was he forced to take the gearbox apart or not?

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. For my GT the hotter the engine the more difficult the shifting.

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