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Transmission sticks in "N" or "-"

Has anybody experienced an issue with their transmission sticking in either Neutral "N" or or even displaying "-" on the gear indicator after several downshifts? It has happened to me a couple of times. I am a new rider (since May) and this is my first bike so operator error may very well be coming into play here. Thanks!
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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-10-2017, 04:59 PM
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Yep. When it stays in N let the clutch lever all the way out then engage the clutch again. If it shows "-" slowly and I mean slowly let out on the clutch lever until you feel a slight movement and it should show you the gear you're in. If you let out too much youre going to stall.
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Yep. When it stays in N let the clutch lever all the way out then engage the clutch again. If it shows "-" slowly and I mean slowly let out on the clutch lever until you feel a slight movement and it should show you the gear you're in. If you let out too much youre going to stall.
I have been wondering, are all bikes like that? Not a big deal, just a minor annoyance every once in a while.
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I agree, a minor annoyance.
I found out it works better if you check the tension of your chain.
My dealer , at the 1000 km inspection, put to much tension on the chain and that influenced changing all gears AND finding neutral !
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If you roll back a bit you will find that it is much easier to get into neutral from first. If you don't roll back, the gears will be forced against each other, making it harder to disengage, the added force required to disengage will cause you to go straight from first to second.
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I agree, a minor annoyance.
I found out it works better if you check the tension of your chain.
My dealer , at the 1000 km inspection, put to much tension on the chain and that influenced changing all gears AND finding neutral !
It seems that most mechanics cannot read chain tension specifications which are usually shown on the swinging arm or chain guard. I have had two bikes recently which had the chain tension set at 25mm at their 600 mile service, when the both of them should have been 40-50mm (including the G310R). It seems that they think all bikes should have a chain tension of 25mm.
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Something too check after maintenance or ..... tell your mechanic / dealer.
I never had a chain driven BMW before and I donít know how much mm you need for a GS 800 or GS 700.
Anyone ?
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whhoops ... my Gear Indicator has given up .
Won't show any correct gear or Neutral - have to start with the clutch in.!
Booked in next week with the dealer.
I suspect the 'cam' or whatever detects the gear position has broken.
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whhoops ... my Gear Indicator has given up .
Won't show any correct gear or Neutral - have to start with the clutch in.!
Booked in next week with the dealer.
I suspect the 'cam' or whatever detects the gear position has broken.
Have you checked that the battery connections are not loose?
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thanks for the observation ... done all that .. and the disconnect for 5 minutes trick... its well past all that.
Got to wait till next friday before the BMW wizards do their thing ...- but its still very ride-able.
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