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Old 10-02-2012, 01:57 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I'm a new rider of CBR250R which purchased two weeks ago, i have 200KM on the odo and not yet do the first service.

I want to ask if anyone experiencing a clunk when shifting from 1st gear to 2nd and also from 2nd gear to 3rd. From the 3rd till the rest is a lot smoother.

Is it normal, or anything to do to fix this?

I adjusted the clutch lever to have minimum free play...

Thanks before, and sorry for my bad english..
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:17 AM   #2
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The sound you are hearing is normal and will become less distinct after the break in process is over. Only advice I can suggest is to drive it like you stole it. It helps with the break in process and if anything is going to break you defiantly want it to happen when you have the warrantee then a year and 1 month down the road. Just remember itís a Honda, you should strive to try and break it.
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The sound you are hearing is normal and will become less distinct after the break in process is over. Only advice I can suggest is to drive it like you stole it. It helps with the break in process and if anything is going to break you defiantly want it to happen when you have the warrantee then a year and 1 month down the road. Just remember itís a Honda, you should strive to try and break it.
Well then, I should sell it and try to steal somebody's bike to make me drive like I stole it...

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Well then, I should sell it and try to steal somebody's bike to make me drive like I stole it...

Well since you bought the bike drive it... Atleast you wont be facing jail time.
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Oh...I forgot about that jail thing....

I'll try to live with that clunking and struggle to master the shifting technique..

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The difference bewteen the gear ratios in the lower 3 gears are wider than 4th 5th and 6th is the easiest way to describe it, (thus the clunk), it gets smoother after a few thousand miles... and so does the pilot.
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Yes i had that clunk noise when changing gear and also i was having a problem shifting down into lower gears , i found that by using a little more force on the gear lever it engaged the chosen gear after a few miles every thing seems to have fallen into place or may be i am getting use to my new bike and its becoming less tight with use.
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Yeah, nothing to worry about..

It will be smoother when everything settled by the time. And I will get used to hear that clunk, eventhough the clunk noise is scary...
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I agree with what other posters have said, the gearbox is a bit clunky when new.

Also, as a new rider you might try this technique: when you are close to the point where you want to shift, place your toe under the gearshift lever and apply a bit of upward pressure on it, and get your hand on the clutch lever with a bit of pressure (but do not enter the friction zone). At the moment you want to shift: 1) blip the throttle partly closed 2) squeeze the clutch 3) shift 4) smoothly release the clutch while opening the throttle back up. Harder to describe than to do it...it happens in the blink of an eye.

Here's a great video tutorial:

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i found that by using a little more force on the gear lever it engaged the chosen gear after a few miles every thing seems to have fallen into place
I agree ^^ I also have this same clunking thing shifting from 1st to 2nd. I figured it was because it was catching on neutral a bit so I made it a point to make sure I fully/forcefully shifted up. Voila, no more clunking :-D
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