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    NEW DATA!
    Sat on the bike this morning (not running) and gently worked the shift lever. Six up, six down about three times. Eventually it felt different, like it was working thru something. Finally it shifted down and the display resolved to a “4”. I was able to up and downshift easily then. Rode the bike into the backyard and stripped the fairings for an oil change. Saw a drip on the lower fairing and followed the fluid trail up to drips from two bolts on the transmission housing. Stopped looking and buttoned it back up. Definitely going to the dealer on Tuesday.

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    Good and bad news, hope you can convince dealer of original problem, do they already know?
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    Oh yeah! I was on fire by the time I got it home . EVERYONE knows.

    I'll call them on Monday and update the service manager - but even w/o evidence of the not-shifting: a leaking clutch cover on a 300 mile bike is still a problem.
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    Oh man, fidgety fingers got the best of you huh, you went and messed with it.. smh, now how they going to find the root of this ;( I get it though, but on a new machine in today's world IDK, if that's a good thing or not, best of ......
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    Make sure you get photgraphs of the fault /leak.
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    Be like Comey, document, document, document.

    How are you going to get the bike there?
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    I would ask dealers to collect
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    I told ya it was just jammed up.

    The oil leak makes no sence, tho.

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    Give us a report on the Honda dealership's maintenance department. I have had very poor experiences with 2 out of the 4 Honda dealers I used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOE CUTTER View Post
    I got 18 cold Coors light that says it is something simple and cases do not need to be split. Any takers?
    Thank god I was out riding and doing other shit today. I would have taken the bet just to bet on this. How about we bet on what the dealer does on the leak seeing that work was done on the bike by the rider! I will bet a 12pk of Utah Squatters Full Suspension ale to your 18pk of Coors that the dealer does shit right now!;-) Cost is about the same at $12.99 on sale on the Squatters.:-) Or if the Euros or Canadians want in I will bet a six pack or Guinness or other. Paypal accounts needed!;-)

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    I didn't do any work on the bike besides shifting it gently and stripping the lower fairings.

    But anyway...

    Dealership just picked it up. The driver started the bike and shifted it into gear. It clanked so loud it sounded like someone hit a bucket with a wrench. Shudder.

    Here's some pics of the leakage. Looks like a mix of chain wax and oil. Weird

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    All wet clutch bikes clunk when you put them in gear. That's why you never let the clutch out in neutral with the bike running.

    I dont know what that yellow substance is. But it is neither engine oil, nor coolant. Factory sealant? Assembly grease? I can't tell from the pics, where exactly it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniper
    That's why you never let the clutch out in neutral with the bike running.
    Never heard of that! I do all the time.
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    Any word from your dealer?
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    Never heard that either. Can you enlighten us Sniper?

    As for the leakage that looks like chain grease. Mine looks far worse than that.
    Tights, tight, too tights fucked

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniper View Post
    That's why you never let the clutch out in neutral with the bike running.
    Whoever told you that should be slapped in the face! You absolutely can let the clutch out in neutral with the bike running. It is done by thousands of people every day. Just out of curiosity, what exactly is the reason you think this can't be done?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniper View Post
    All wet clutch bikes clunk when you put them in gear. That's why you never let the clutch out in neutral with the bike running.

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    Maybe the gear lever is loose on the shaft. The dudes that uncrate and "assemble" new bikes at dealerships don't get paid the big pesos.

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    A. minigator strikes again.
    B. minigator strikes out again.
    C. minigator has three strike against him.
    D. All of the above
    E. Neutral and who gives a shit anyway.

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    D and E, all of the above and I do not give a shit.
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    Because it goes CLUNK when you put it in gear. If you enjoy that clunk sound, have at it. If you dont like the clunk sound, dont let the clutch out in neutral. But if you did park it in neutral, and the dealership guy comes to ride off on your bike, so he can wipe off the chain lube, dont bitch. Lol

    And yeah, l know just about everybody does it. Just about everybody is in debt, too. Doesnt make that a good idea either.

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    The dastardly clunk can be avoided by not reading or listening to any thing minigator has so say or by engaging first cog from neutral whilst slightly rolling the bike forward.

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    ^Absolutely!

    Its called rev matching.

    I live on a hill, and occasionally do the rolling first gear engagement.

    No sense of grinding, and clunking mechanical things, if you dont have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniper View Post
    Hmmmmm, who do l trust more? Honda motor company, or some dude on the internet that says "WTF"?

    20 years, huh? I had 16 in, when you got started.
    And I had 11 in, when you got started. That line of thinking proves exactly nothing.

    The OP came to ask whether anyone else has experienced this sort of failure, not to be questioned about his ability to change gears on a bike. This isn't a teenage squid here, it is an experienced rider who dailies on two. Respect is due, IMO.

    I am expecting a failed part, perhaps a random loose chunk which got wedged, to be the cause.

    Sorry for the one buyer who just happened to get that 1/100 of 1% quality control miss.

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    Final analysis is going to be with the dealership and Honda Inc. If the OP keeps fucking with the bike it lessens the chances for satisfaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniper View Post
    ^Absolutely!

    Its called rev matching.

    I live on a hill, and occasionally do the rolling first gear engagement.

    No sense of grinding, and clunking mechanical things, if you dont have to.
    Maybe minigator is just looking for reverse on his bike...


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