How To Install Shifter Linkage Cover On A Harley Davidson?
- 1 Why do Harleys clunk when shifting?
- 2 Will a Harley start in gear?
- 3 How much does it cost to fix a shifter linkage?
- 4 What happens when transmission linkage breaks?
- 5 How do I know if my shift linkage is bad?
- 6 At what RPM should I shift my Harley?
- 7 Should I hold the clutch while braking motorcycle?
- 8 What RPM should I ride my Harley?
Why do Harleys clunk when shifting?
Harley Davidson motorcycles make a loud clunking noise when shifting into gear because they have dog ring gearboxes instead of a synchromesh ring. The clunking noise that a Harley makes when shifting into gear is normal, but the clunking can be exasperated in cold weather or by a too high idle speed.
Will a Harley start in gear?
We confirmed the bike definitely will not start in gear. To do that, we had to remove the bikes saddlebag and side cover in order to gain access to the data link connector – also called Harley-Davidson’s OBD-II port – and hook it up to the scanning tool.
If the cause turns out to be a loose shifter linkage, you can tighten it yourself at no cost, or have the repair-shop do it for $50-75. If the condition is being caused by a damaged shifter cable, the repair-shop will charge you $125-$250 for replacement, or you can purchase and replace it yourself for around $35-$80.
If the cable is broken, you’ll be able to move the shifter into any position, but the transmission will stay in the same gear. This may leave you stuck in gear, or even stuck in park depending on when the cable broke. If you can only rock the vehicle, but your indicator says neutral, the cable is probably broken.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Shift Selector Cable
- Indicator doesn’t match the gear. If the shift selector cable is going bad, the indicator light or cable will not match the gear you are in.
- Vehicle will not turn off.
- Vehicle starts in another gear.
- Vehicle will not go into gear.
At what RPM should I shift my Harley?
While most bikes are happy shifting at 5,000 to 7,000 RPMs, it is best to judge by the sound and feel of the engine. As you move faster, its pitch will increase. When the pitch is high, it is time to shift. If you shift too soon, you will hear the engine struggle, which will help you learn the correct shift points.
Should I hold the clutch while braking motorcycle?
When riders ride their motorcycle at low speed, they should pull the clutch before the brake. The actions are opposite while riding at high speed. If riders face an emergency, press the brake and pull the clutch together at the same time.
What RPM should I ride my Harley?
Break-In Riding Procedure During the first 50 miles of riding, keep the engine speed below 3,000 RPM (5,000 RPM for VRSC™) in any gear. Do not lug the engine by running or accelerating at very low RPM, or by running at high RPM longer than needed for shifting or passing.