Clunking on shifting and acceleration

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Mine will make a very audible clunk when I downshift and my speed is too high. (35 shifting into 1st). I keep my clutch in but am fast approaching a stop. Once I slow down it doesn’t do it. But I haven’t worried about that.
 

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Mine will make a very audible clunk when I downshift and my speed is too high. (35 shifting into 1st). I keep my clutch in but am fast approaching a stop. Once I slow down it doesn’t do it. But I haven’t worried about that.
Woah. Downshifting into first at 35 mph is not a best practice. It’s no surprise that it clunks. Either rev match severely with the throttle when shift to first at that speed, or just wait to downshift to first at 10 mph or less.
 

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Woah. Downshifting into first at 35 mph is not a best practice. It’s no surprise that it clunks. Either rev match severely with the throttle when shift to first at that speed, or just wait to downshift to first at 10 mph or less.
I am surprised anyone can even down shift to 1st doing 35mph.....Never tried it....but I know my Suzuki C50 Boulevard will not downshift to 1st unless it is doing less than 20mph....
 

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Yeah not the best idea, but I forget which gear I’m in from time to time. And no she doesn’t like it. I try not to but it is a time when it clunks.
 

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Oooops ok.......even when I typed my comment it didn't seem correct.......OP not noticing or equipment difference. Live and learn.
 

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Mine will make a very audible clunk when I downshift and my speed is too high. (35 shifting into 1st). I keep my clutch in but am fast approaching a stop. Once I slow down it doesn’t do it. But I haven’t worried about that.
Yeah I don’t downshift to first gear until I’m almost stopped!
 

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The engines and gearboxes on these things are a bit agricultural but I find an oil change improves things ... for a while at least.
 

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Concerned about the “agricultural noises”..........ear plugs are the solution. The big plus they improve the riding experience in every way. The real plus is you can avoid the hearing aid specialist is your elder years as well.
 

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Concerned about the “agricultural noises”..........ear plugs are the solution. The big plus they improve the riding experience in every way. The real plus is you can avoid the hearing aid specialist is your elder years as well.
Good point. I admit I really have no idea what normal mechanical noises the NC makes, as my ear plugs block those sounds. I guess that also stops me from worrying about unusual noises, in an ignorance-is-bliss sort of way.
 
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