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Ares and I have always back our bikes into the garage. When I had my 650 it was no sweat just backing it right in even with the sight grade to our driveway. I have noticed quite a difference in pushing the Stryker into the garage not only because of the added weight but I have noticed it makes a huge difference if the bike is in neutral verses first gear.
Ares tried it out and said that he was surprised that it made such a difference because it is not like that on his Raider.

Is this a normal thing or should I have it checked out?
 

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I have a good workout getting mine backed into garage also with only just a very slight grade. I'm not 18 any more either though LMAO.
 

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If it is harder to push backwards in first gear then neutral it sounds like your clutch may not be fully disengaging. Try adjusting the clutch cable so the bike moves freely while the lever is pulled in.
 

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yamaha doesn't suggest ever staring your bike in gear due to it learching forward and it also puts strain on the starter . It is very common to have the clutch drag when it is in gear thats the way they are , all of the new four stroke dirtbikes cannot be started in gear unless you're going downhill push start . It makes sense that in gear there is more rolling resistance due to some resistance while in gear ,
 

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spellcast1 said:
yamaha doesn't suggest ever staring your bike in gear due to it learching forward and it also puts strain on the starter . It is very common to have the clutch drag when it is in gear thats the way they are , all of the new four stroke dirtbikes cannot be started in gear unless you're going downhill push start . It makes sense that in gear there is more rolling resistance due to some resistance while in gear ,
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Straightjacket said:
Ya, sounds pretty normal to me. If your going backwards do you need it in gear?
No, she doesn't. It just takes longer for her to make sure she's in neutral to back into the garage (slight incline on the drive way) while I'm waiting and with the AZ weather heating up she's trying to be nice to me and not leave me sitting in the sun.

She never starts it in gear.
 

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That is wierd D. I've noticed the opposite harder to push in
first, easier in neutral. Did you already get your first servicing?
 

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dejablu110 said:
That is wierd D. I've noticed the opposite harder to push in
first, easier in neutral. Did you already get your first servicing?
That's what she means. Pushing it in 1st gear with the clutch in is harder than pushing in neutral.

I don't have this problem with the Raider. I always back up with the clutch in.
 

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dejablu110 said:
oh ok, mine does this too.....this is why I put mine in nuetral.
It is much easier for me too. Maybe its a chic thing :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
That's what I thought too, but I tried it. I felt a substantial difference. She also told me she has trouble getting it into Neutral from First, so I tried that thinking she was nuts. Sure enough... Same thing. If you try to put it in Neutral and just barely pull it up it'll click up twice and go into Second. I don't think I was able to do it once and I tried a number of times. But going from Second to Neutal was a breeze. Nothing like the Raider.
 

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I ahve this trouble sometimes.....not always...as far as the going to
nuetral from first....it pops up twice. I dont know what to say, I do
know I have the same issue.
 

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I was having lots of trouble but now with the miles it is much less sensative, get some miles on it, if it dont clear up send it in.
 

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The Kawi was nice in that it had a "positive neutral finder". As long as the bike is not moving you can pull as hard as you want on the shifter and it will go from 1st to N only, never 2nd. I can't say I've noticed any difference pushing in N over 1st with clutch in. I always put it in N. Hopefully Desiree's shifting issue is just a mal-adjusted cable.

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dejablu110 said:
oh ok, mine does this too.....this is why I put mine in nuetral.
It is much easier for me too. Maybe its a chic thing :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
That's what I thought too, but I tried it. I felt a substantial difference. She also told me she has trouble getting it into Neutral from First, so I tried that thinking she was nuts. Sure enough... Same thing. If you try to put it in Neutral and just barely pull it up it'll click up twice and go into Second. I don't think I was able to do it once and I tried a number of times. But going from Second to Neutal was a breeze. Nothing like the Raider.
 

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Well I do have a few miles on it, nearly 3000. I'll be sure to have them look at the clutch line at my next service.
It might be that it just needs a slight adjustment. It isn't something that that I notice when riding. I have even been able to pop it into neutral without a problem at stop lights just to make a quick adjustment on my helmet or jacket.
 

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Since it was new mine clunks terrible into 1st from Neutral, but has gotten better with shifting up and down in other gears. I have the clutch freeplay all put adjusted completely out of it and I still get the loud clunk. I'm hoping with oil change and 1st service that this goes away.
 

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11stryker said:
Since it was new mine clunks terrible into 1st from Neutral, but has gotten better with shifting up and down in other gears. I have the clutch freeplay all put adjusted completely out of it and I still get the loud clunk. I'm hoping with oil change and 1st service that this goes away.
My Raider still does it at 37,000 miles. I think it's gotten a little quieter, but I still hear it.
 

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I called Greater Yamaha the other day, they said its normal for all Stryker but they said with the first 600 miles service they'll try to make it softer somehow ...
 

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Just had my 600 mile service done, they didn't touch anything in the transmission, I dont think. I kind of like the loud "clunk" it makes when you put it in first.
 
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