You ask, we answer! Changing gear sounds ‘clunky’!

Posted: 01 Aug 2013

Yamaha FZ6S

Dave Raggett recently got in touch with us on Facebook to ask our advice on how to improve a ‘clunky’ gear change. We got in touch with an expert in the field to see what they had to say...

Dave asks:

“Is there anything I can do about the clunky gear change on my Yamaha FZ6S? It has been like it from new and has done just over 2,000 miles.”

Our Expert answers:

Two of the biggest movements of a bike’s gear lever is 1st-to-2nd gear (moves through neutral) and 5th-to-6th gear. For this reason these two gear shifts are known as noisy shifts.

A tight or very loose final drive chain or badly adjusted clutch will exacerbate the problem. More often than not, the noise and clunky shift quietens down with mileage. As yours hasn’t many miles for its age it’s likely your gearbox hasn’t had much of a hard life and needs time to ‘bed in’.

If the gear shift was stiff in every gear then it would be worth a visit to a trained technician – if only to set your mind at rest or confirm if there’s a problem.

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