I'll try keep it easy to follow and straight forward without getting you all lost..
Its 2010, and I want a bike so very badly.
Of course, friction with parents caused an outroar at home at the idea of getting a motorbike.
So I look into them anyway and read about the 250RR.
I fall in love, but develop a general idea how most of them have been abused, thrashed/bikes are too expensive to run and maintain blah blah... (parental influences conquered personal choices)..
3 years later, 2013.
A few guys at work begin talking about bikes and stuff.
A sudden jolt of abandoned desire, I SO BADLY WANT A BIKE AGAIN.
I head out to buy some gear.
I get : Shoei XR1100 w/Chromatic Pinlock, Dainese 2 piece racing pelle, Trq Touring boots and Metal pro gloves.
I went overboard with the gear, but got almost 1/3 off the total price at the end !
I'm looking at bikes and a guy at work offers to me spin his 2010 250R around the car park, and it goes well... but it felt like a bicycle with a lawn mower engine.
I know bikes have a little bit more excitement to offer, even for a beginner...
So I find a 250RR from 1999, gorgeous maroon colour.
Bike wasn't started in a while, so the guy changed the fuel and it fired up nicely.
Having quite a bit of hands-on with cars, I listen to the engine for unusual ticks and clicks but this thing sounded great. (I checked coolant and oil before, no mayo or metal)
Also, the carbies were seriously imbalanced.. the bike struggles to keep a steady idle but I overlook that as a balance is needed either way.
So I'm fairly impressed except the fact that there are some fairing bolts missing, minor scratches on the RHS fairing and engine cover.
But I overlook this as soon as I take it for a spin and decide it may be a good investment.
So I buy it.
Not too long later,
A rookie mistake,
Taking a sharp left turn in suburban streets, I miscounted the gear shifts *should have just 'felt' the necessary gear*, and I shift into 1st and the rear wheel locks up and I lowside on the LHS.
Way to christen my Dainese outfit, fortunately the damage on the gear was extremely minimal, Helmet didn't cop anything luckily !
So the clutch lever is broken, LHS indicator, new scratches, broken shift lever, mirror, windscreen is split and H frame is out of shape.
I limp it home in 1st gear, and I notice some chain rattle/crunching, but overall the bike was okay.
After a few days I get most bits replaced, I roll up my sleeves and get to work.
New indicator, clutch lever & clipon, H frame and windscreen.
I then had to go Europe for a few weeks so I left the bike under covers..
When I arrived back,
I got back to work on it and found out it wouldn't fire no more.
Got my tools together, and set out to clean the carbies.
Spray here, spray there,
Eventually got everything to drool carby fluid.
New fuel, carbies back on and after a minute of jump starting it from a car (5-8 second pulses on the starter), it growled into life !
Now it has super crisp engine response, but it still idles erratically.. balance needed.
I decided to take it for a quick spin up the street and back.
Palms sweaty, hearts racing, I hope on after a warmup and set off... to discover the bike won't shift into 2nd !
And it still does the crunching/rattling noise.
So I immediately pull over, and head back to inspect and try roll the bike into 2nd... with no success.
I replaced the shift lever since the lowside, the action seems fine.
It clicks into 1st with no problems, pops into neutral nicely and the clutch is smooth.
Only thing is, when I speed up in 1st and pop the gear to reach 2nd, its like I hit a wall - it won't go into 2nd.
So this is where my story has come so far with my biker career
And I'm nowhere near finished with it.
Finally, my question is
has anyone ever had shifting problems like this ?
If so, how do I sort this out?
I'm mechanically competent but I have never worked on a gearbox before so I'm very edgy about playing with it..
The bike is essentially finished and I was about to get it back on the road until I discovered this problem
So I ask you, Biker Family,
Can you help me out ?