- Apr 2, 2008
Of late, I am experiencing problems downshifting into first gear about 30% of the time. I have the post Tranny Issues. My gearbox is up to the correct level with Redline MTL and my final and primary chains are the correct tension. While it was suggested in the Tranny Issues post that I might have oil contamination on the clutch plates and should clean them, a local Norton guy told me that I might try a half a turn on the clutch rod adjuster screw before I started taking things apart. At this stage, I have a couple of questions. While this bike ran fine for the year or so that I have had it, the clutch cable at the lever was at the end of its adjustment. The adjusting nut was at the end of the threaded portion. In other words, there was no threaded portion to go into the lever. Before doing any adjusting of the clutch screw, if the clutch lever was held on, the kickstart would kick free. After I adjusted the clutch screw (the one with the lock nut through the primary case hole) according to the manual, the kickstart would not kick free with the clutch lever pulled on so I adjusted the screw in until it did kick free. Does this all mean that my clutches are worn past adjustment or should I turn the screw in further (say a half a turn at at time) to see if it remedies my problem of not wanting to go into first gear from second gear.