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Old 11-29-2016, 06:49 PM
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Question About 1st gear

Hi,, am new to my 08 K1200s, and wondering if they all really let you know you are engaging 1st gear.. the bike doesn't move forward.. but OMG , scares me.. 1 -2 or 2 - 1 shifts seamless but appreciate some feedback on this..
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oh yeah,, while I have you here.. where did you all put the horns to replace the 'door open on the fridge' thingy for a factory horn?

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Old 11-29-2016, 07:36 PM
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Re: About 1st gear

If you are referring to the "lurch" occurring when shifting into 1st, yes! It is due to the fluid drag on the wet clutch. All bikes with wet clutches will do this to some degree.
As for horn placement, do a search on the site. You will find plenty of ideas. I mounted mine on the left side via an aluminum strip that is bolted onto existing frame. The placement puts them just behind the ecu.

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oh yeah,, while I have you here.. where did you all put the horns to replace the 'door open on the fridge' thingy for a factory horn?





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Re: About 1st gear

Clutch plates don't separate enough and never will. Start the bike in first gear, warm up for 15 seconds take off and keep it down until warmed up. At lights and such keep it in 1st and not neutral. I probably go to neutral (other than the garage) three times a year. 98,000 miles on clutch & bike so far. That clank is too much and I know metal is hitting hard. Those dogs need to be treated with kindness.
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Re: About 1st gear

I find let the bike warm until the first engine temp bar appears, then a slight rev and put into first. Still a slight clunk, but not too bad
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I find let the bike warm until the first engine temp bar appears, then a slight rev and put into first. Still a slight clunk, but not too bad
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thanks for your first gear post and noticed you have two things I am considering .. the throttle lock and the , i believe, touring windshield,, how do you like em? thanks,,.....david
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Re: About 1st gear

If I hold my clutch in for approximately 10 seconds it goes from N to first without making a noise. Don't know if this is related to warming up or what. If I pull clutch in and shift into first immediately it makes a clunk. When engine is warm it goes from N to first without noise.
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Re: About 1st gear

I Find the same for my bike, hold in the clutch for 10 seconds, it goes into first silently. I also now always leave it in gear while stopped at a light, even for a long time because when I would put it in neutral I would hear some rattling sounds that go away when the clutch is squeezed in.
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Re: About 1st gear

I make sure tick-over is nice and low, pump clutch lever twice, hold lever in and 'paddle' bike forward an inch or two as I engage gear - slips in like Errol Flynn . . .

. .of course, my ancient K12RS goes into gear like a vintage Bentley . .
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