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    Hard Clunk from Neutral into First Gear

    2015 Shiver with 3,000 miles on it. When brand new, I noticed a hard clunk into first gear when the bike is stopped. I figured this would get better with a few miles, but it hasn't improved. Once in gear, the clutch does not seem to be dragging, as I can move the bike backwards easily. This does not seem to get better as the bike gets to normal operating temp. I also figured the relatively high 1,400 RPM idle speed contributed, but I see no way to slow the idle speed down to a more normal 1,000 RPM. I am using ENI I-Ride oil, 15W-50, just like the good book says. Has anyone tried 10W-40? Why we need 50W oil in a water cooled motor I don't understand.

    I read the other posts about broken clutch springs and master cylinder diameters, but I would think that by 2015 these issues would be resolved. Is it possible that the clutch springs are broken from day one?

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    I don't remember ever riding any motorcycle that didn't clunk when I kicked it into gear.

    I have the same year as yours and I will admit that the clunk is pretty heavy compared to other bikes I've owned, but I've had no problems with the transmission.

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    My 2009 does it too. I think it does it more when the chain is too loose. I noticed it the other day, but haven't bothered to adjust the chain since the next time I touch it will be to swap wheels.
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    After my FZ09, I was pleasantly surprised at the relative lack of clunk going from neutral to first on the Shiver! It all depends what you're used to. If the clutch doesn't seem to be dragging once in gear, and the clutch adjustment is normal, I don't think you have anything to worry about. Maybe try a different brand of oil next change, which can make a slight difference.
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    Mine's clunky, too. Holding the clutch in for a while before engaging the gear can help as the gearbox input shaft slows down a touch.
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    Well, thank you for the confirmation that all is well. My last 2 bikes had dry clutches, and therefore had greatly reduced clunk. (84 R65LS BMW and 96 Sport 1100 Moto Guzzi)
    Has anyone tried lower viscosity motor oil? Even air cooled Japanese bikes used 10W-40. Just an idea.

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    I would be more worried if my motorbike didn't go clunk when engaging first gear!
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    I find that holding the clutch in for a few seconds before engaging first gear eases the clunk.
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    a high idle will cause a bigger clunk. not sure how to adjust that sorry
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    https://youtu.be/sAsWiiHjLsg

    At 2:18 the clunk is explained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilberforce View Post
    I find that holding the clutch in for a few seconds before engaging first gear eases the clunk.
    I found that worked noticeably well with my Honda Hornet, previous to my Shiver. It did not work the same at all for the Shiver, but the clunk was much less than the Honda in the first place so it was never really an issue on mine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MARTCO78 View Post
    I found that worked noticeably well with my Honda Hornet, previous to my Shiver. It did not work the same at all for the Shiver, but the clunk was much less than the Honda in the first place so it was never really an issue on mine.
    But aren't all Jap bikes like that? I think that holding the clutch in for a few seconds means it slows the spinning down and eases the clunk. I may also be talking s4ite as well, just my impressions.
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