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Tropicose

Difficult to shift into first

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Cross-posting from Dirtrider. Figured I would get a better response here...

So, I was participating in some post-Christmas hoonery around my neighborhood on my WR450 and had a low speed low side . I wheeled the bike home and put it on a stand.

The bike clicks easily into every gear except first. To get into first, it requires holding down the shifter while spinning the rear wheel until it clicks into place. I haven't fired the bike up for fear that something is damaged. Any thoughts? Would a bent shift fork still allow me to eventually get into gear?

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These type of transmissions aren't made to shift properly without the engine (or the back wheel ) turning. Don't worry about it, fire it up and ride.

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Check to make sure the shift lever still has a tight fit on it's shaft. When it comes loose it makes shifting more difficult, particularly into lower gears. Otherwise, the bike should be fine.

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Yep, other than crashing on the shifter side on a big ol' rock and checking the lever and splines (which should be checked for proper torque periodically anyway....I had a loose lever come off mid-ride, not fun).

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