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    '19 F750GS - major issues shifting from 1st into 2nd gear

    Hello all --

    I bought a new 2019 F750GS in August 2019. I finally joined the MOA and this forum because I've got a question about shifting and transmission issues I'm experiencing with this bike. I did try to search whether this had been asked before, but did not find anything pertinent to my question/issue.

    Simply put: it's a real pain in the ass to get the bike to shift from first into second gear. Every time. Bike consistently wants to drop into a space that is not quite first, not quite neutral, and definitely not second gear. It also shows a blank gear indication on the FTF display (not even a N) until I can finally manage to get it up into second, which takes several attempts generally. Also, the transmission in general is incredibly clunky with every shift. There is NO smooth / quiet gear shifting on this bike, unlike my Strom and my Ninja.

    I did ask the dealer about this when I had the first service done and was told "Yeah, that's just a thing with this bike." That's really not what a new owner who just dropped money on a new bike wants to hear. Made me think to myself, "Well hell, man, if I'd known that before I bought it, I would never have even considered a bike that in every way is a distant second to a second-hand, 2009 Suzuki V-Strom, or even a simple Ninja 650."

    Bike came with the factory gearshift pro assist, which I hate and want removed, but I'm wondering if that's part of the problem. Any insights into this problem would be appreciated!

    steph moore
    New Mexico, USA

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    Welcome to the forum!
    I think the first thing I would try is swapping bikes with someone that has no knowledge of your concern and see if they bring it up.
    We have some members that are real good with the shift assist that may be able to help.
    Good luck.
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    Welcome to the forum Steph! How many miles are on the 750?

    This is what I would say if this wasn't coming with a quick shifter: "Are you preloading the shifter lever? Before pulling in the clutch, use your toes to give ~40% of the pressure needed to shift from one gear to the next. Typically this helps slide the gearing from one to the next."
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    This symptom has been know to be caused by a loose lever on the transmission shift shaft. I had the problem on both of our G310s. Before thinking of digging any deeper take a careful look to be sure that the lever is tight on the shift shaft at the transmission.
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    Really sorry to hear of the shifting issues. My 2021 is outstanding - far better shifting than my clunky R1200GS. I think your dealer gave a bogus response amd I would pursue it further. Maybe take a demo one out and see if it's the same.

    Quote Originally Posted by drneo66 View Post
    Are you preloading the shifter lever? Before pulling in the clutch, use your toes to give ~40% of the pressure needed to shift from one gear to the next. Typically this helps slide the gearing from one to the next.
    That doesn't work with the quickshifter as it will interpret the initial "preload" as an attempt to shift and may cut power inadvertantly. Anyway the F750 doesn't need preloading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbinaz View Post
    That doesn't work with the quickshifter as it will interpret the initial "preload" as an attempt to shift and may cut power inadvertantly. Anyway the F750 doesn't need preloading.
    Reading comprehension is hard...
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