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My shifter has just recently started to stick in the down position instead of popping back up when down shifting. If nudged it will pop back to a normal position. Feels like it hangs up or spring is binding somewhere. Not sure which spring on the inside. Has anyone had this issue.
 

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My shifter has just recently started to stick in the down position instead of popping back up when down shifting. If nudged it will pop back to a normal position. Feels like it hangs up or spring is binding somewhere. Not sure which spring on the inside. Has anyone had this issue.
Possibly two reasons. One, something has happened to the return spring. Or!, something a bit easier. Leave your bike on the side stand. Put it in neutral. Now bend down and look at the shift rod that is under the chrome side cover. With your hand try to shift down to first while watching the rod. I have seen some bind up on the bottom of the cover causing it to stick. If it does, well, it has either been bent or improperly adjusted. Take a look.
 

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Possibly two reasons. One, something has happened to the return spring. Or!, something a bit easier. Leave your bike on the side stand. Put it in neutral. Now bend down and look at the shift rod that is under the chrome side cover. With your hand try to shift down to first while watching the rod. I have seen some bind up on the bottom of the cover causing it to stick. If it does, well, it has either been bent or improperly adjusted. Take a look.
:agree: They should be serviced from time to time.
 
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It is also a good idea to lubricate the shifter pivot and the ball ends of the shift rod. They can get coroded over time and lock up.
 

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Possibly two reasons. One, something has happened to the return spring. Or!, something a bit easier. Leave your bike on the side stand. Put it in neutral. Now bend down and look at the shift rod that is under the chrome side cover. With your hand try to shift down to first while watching the rod. I have seen some bind up on the bottom of the cover causing it to stick. If it does, well, it has either been bent or improperly adjusted. Take a look.
I had the cover off but had it in mind that the problem was a poor spring. Never thought of the rod binding on the case. Sure enough that was it. Thanx for the help. I'll try to pay that one forward.
 

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:welcome: to the forum and glad you got it fixed. Not sure how those get bent, but there's been a few that had them bind because of it.
 

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:welcome: to the forum and glad you got it fixed. Not sure how those get bent, but there's been a few that had them bind because of it.
Fortunately for me, I'm not actually new to the board just the newer format. Used to be very active until we had a little one 2 years ago. Lots of issues with clutch shudder, Bluey Fix,NHTSA etc.. What a great group this is.
 
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