I should start by saying that I might have two weeks of riding left, we are seeing snow already. Any suggestions I get here will be undertaken during the winter, another long winter.
The last two weeks, ambient temperatures have dropped to needing full gear and careful riding. Since the drop in temperatures, my 1997 R1100RT, 60K Miles, has started being cranky during up-shift from 1st to 2nd. There has been a noticeable "clash". The last few days, it has "popped" out of second gear on deceleration.
It's just a transmission, nothing complicated, likely the dog for 2nd gear is a bit worn out or I have too much main shaft end play. That would be the usual explanation to those symptoms in any transmission.
Here is where it gets complicated:
I searched the forums looking for my symptoms in expectation that it might be problematic to this particular model of bike/transmission. What I found was a universal complaint of transmission problems being caused by lack of the clutch sliding on the input shaft. Sticky splines so to speak. I am due for doing a spline lube.
My problem, I can't see why sticking splines would cause such a specific complaint and not a broader one as in "clash" of every gear and "popping" out of any gear regardless of cruise, acceleration, or deceleration.
Weigh ins here will be sincerely appreciated but I can't promise that I won't try to find some humor and fun in your posts. Did I mention that I have a very long winter ahead and I use the time to find fun and drink beer?