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Old 06-10-2008, 09:55 AM   #1
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I just recently purchased a new 2007 Suzuki GSXR 750 and I've put less then 500 miles on it she's ran just fine until last night. This isn't my first bike and I'll admit I'm not an expert rider but I've never had
this problem before.

I was riding along smoothly when suddenly my clutch seems to jam up. I was stuck between 2nd and 3rd gear. I couldn't shift to 4th and I couldn't down shift to 1st or back to neutral. I was stuck between the mid ranges. When I was able to get back to neutral, my clutch would skip gears; I would be in 3rd and it would pop back down to 1st gear. It would just skip second all together. I was lucky that the bike didn't get me any false neutral but I still have the dilemma of getting stuck between two or three gears. I can't shift up or downshift past 3 gear sets.

I can shift from 2nd to 3rd, 3rd to 4th, but I couldn't down shift past 3rd. I would get stuck in the mid range between 3rd and 4th gear without being able to get back to neutral. I got to a traffic light stuck in 4th gear last night, I was able to pull out of the intersection in 4th but it wasn't pretty at all.

I've tried resting and restarting the bike, dropping the gear back to neutral. I was able to shift into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, however I couldn't shift past 3rd and couldn't down shift back to 1st or neutral.

Anyone have a clue what's wrong with my clutch?! From what I've read so far all I can assume is possible a bent fork or loose bolt? Any advice of suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-10-2008, 10:17 AM   #2
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If it's new it's under warranty. Better take it to the dealer first. If you try to make your own repairs it will give them an excuse to void your warranty.
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Old 06-10-2008, 11:15 AM   #3
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Sounds like something has come askew in your gearbox, methinks.

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Old 06-10-2008, 11:31 AM   #4
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Yeah, its new, it just saddens me! It seems like such a tease =(. Thanks, I'll call the dealership right after work. Any and all other insights are welcome.

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Old 06-10-2008, 01:43 PM   #5
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Probably not your clutch, but your transmission (if the bike revs freely with the clutch pulled in, it's definitely the gear box). Does the linkage from the shifter to the gear box appear intact? On some bikes Suzuki seemed to use an overly complex setup to get from foot to transmission. Hope the dealer has some help for you, shouldn't be a problem on a Suzuk with 500 miles. Post a follow up when you get it back.
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:50 PM   #6
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Sounds like Bengt Shift Phorks has been riding your bike. Seriously, sounds like a shift cam has started binding up, or a spring broke somewhere inside the case (that holds the shift cam follower on the cam). Dealer time...
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Old 06-14-2008, 04:55 PM   #7
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So I was able to figure out how to get my bike to shift gears, however there is obviously something wrong. I have to pre my gear shift to shift up or down which is such a pain.

I took my bike to the dealer and their service department took it out for a test drive... their reaction was... something like...

Their assumption was possible a problem with the spring or a bent fork (after the test drive).

No idea how long it will take to get fixed
On the Brightside, they said a bike this new with problems like this, it’s covered under warranty.
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:16 PM   #8
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Bengt phork? Spring? Am I good or what? Man, I get a kick out of me....
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:45 PM   #9
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So I got the motorcycle back... apparently the problem was the spring wasn't returning so the clutch wasn't catching. I got the bike to work by pre-loadding the gearshift lever up or down to upshift/downshift which worked but was annoying as hell.

They fixed the bike at no cost to me other then the time that I couldn't ride on it =p. They however charged me for the first service checkup. She's in perfect riding condition now... it feels good to be back on the road.

Typically, when is the second checkup due, 1200 miles (1000-1200) in manual I think, whats that typically run, anyone know?

Anyone have any good advise about whats the best sliders... I read so many mixed reviews on what is better, cut or no cut sliders. I am totally confused what I should do but have some what of a preference for vortex sliders... afraid to cut into my fairings. Also looking to get a fender eliminator kit, front windscreen, and new break/clutch levers.

I recently put on a slip on akrapovic pipe, it took me very long time because (I'm new when it comes to working on bikes and trying to learn). I was afraid of breaking the fairings and not being about to put it back together ><.
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Old 06-25-2008, 05:07 AM   #10
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Wei, did you know that preloading the shift lever is a good technique to use? It allows you to shift up without using the clutch at all, and to shift down with minimal use of the clutch. The benefits are that your shifts can be much smoother, and don't unsettle the bike.
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