Re: Stuck in gear
On 7 Aug, 09:02, Champ <n...@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
The ZX10R got stuck in 4th gear on the way to work today. Made the
rest of the journey a little more challenging than usual, but no real
My first guess was/is that the gearchange return spring has broken.
However, it's a lonnnnggg time since I've had this happen to me, and
ISTR that the gear lever just stays 'stuck' in the position it was in
when the spring broke. However, mine goes up and OK, but I can feel
it's not doing anything inside. I guess that would be consistent with
the selector shaft being stuck in position...
Anyone care to put my mind at rest/wind me up as to how a broken
gearchange return spring ought to feel?
It varies from bike to bike, I think. Decades ago, Boxerboy had a new
BMW R65 that broke its spring on the way to the Bol, also in fourth
gear, and he was permanently stuck in gear. Got there and back, at the
expense of a cooked clutch plate (also replaced under warranty, IIRC).
OTOH, when MZs break their springs, the lever goes floppy and you can
still manipulate it. Hence the common sight of MZ250s with a bungee
cord looped round the spring (total engine strip needed to access it).
As I'm sure you know, on most Jap engines the gear selector claw and
spring can be accessed without a total engine strip, but whether that
applies to theZX10R I know not.
Give you a grand for it, anyway.
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