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madcore84
Ok guys got a problem. Today two red lights in a row I try to down shift only to see my gear indicator go completely blank and didn't feel it down shift. Both times I had to tinker with it to get it back and downshift. She only has a total of 259 miles on her. Stopped by my shop and they said all was good but these are the guys who installed a tire WITH an arrow showing the direction wrong. Don't want to drive my bike to the farther shop I trust more if I can't trust that I can down shift before the light turns green. Has anyone else had this problem?

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rick
you really should be doing your downshifting as you are slowing to a stop, not after the bike is to a dead stop. That works fine in a car, but not with a sequential gearbox like on any bike. And this is especially true with a new gearbox.
 
 
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bmwpowere36m3
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Do all you shifting while in motion... When stopped sometimes it helps to partially let the clutch out/in to help down shift.

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madcore84
I normal down shift while still moving. I was told to be in first right before I stop incase it turns green I can go and be in the correct gear

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hippiebikerchick
My bike has close to 10K on it and I've started noticing the gear indicator going blank more frequently, especially when coasting or downshifting. Sometimes stopped at a light I look at it and it's blank too. I'm wondering if it needs a trip to the shop to have them check out the switch inside the transmission. Usually I can get it to display again by rolling it a little and shifting.

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No Hater
I normal down shift while still moving. I was told to be in first right before I stop incase it turns green I can go and be in the correct gear
It is indeed good to be in first in case of an idiot headed your way but, you can definitely take off in 2nd with no problem on the FZ.  Like others have said, keep the motion and shift and you'll be aight.  I honestly think my bike shifted a lot more rough and clunky the first couple thousand miles. She shifts up/down a lot smoother these days (at 3500k miles).  

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motomeek
If it's blank, it means it hasn't been placed gear properly. Once you get it into gear, it'll show up again.
 
It's happened to me once. I let off the clutch, hoping I was in neutral, and then it died. Cus I was still in gear.

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potatochips
I normal down shift while still moving. I was told to be in first right before I stop incase it turns green I can go and be in the correct gear
Are you letting the clutch out for each gear you downshift, or downshifting through all the gears with the clutch pulled in the whole time.  That's all I got, can't say I look at the indicator often, so I wouldn't know if mine were doing that, gotta keep an eye out.

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madcore84
I was down shifting with the clutch pulled in. Since I didn't hear it feel it down shift I assumed it didn't change gears

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amycyclenut
It's a false neutral and sometimes you may have to slightly let out the clutch (just a few mm) and you'll hear/feel it clunk and you can continue your downshift.
 
p.s. make sure you have nice firm foot pressure when shifting
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cybmx
I normal down shift while still moving. I was told to be in first right before I stop incase it turns green I can go and be in the correct gear
It is indeed good to be in first in case of an idiot headed your way but, you can definitely take off in 2nd with no problem on the FZ.  Like others have said, keep the motion and shift and you'll be aight.  I honestly think my bike shifted a lot more rough and clunky the first couple thousand miles. She shifts up/down a lot smoother these days (at 3500k miles).
 
 
That's a lot of miles, lol

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sorkyah
Ive had similar issues with mine since about the 2k mark.
Its just started acting up again last week. My shifter assy, trans range sensor and something else... (cant remember til i get home and check the RO) have been replaced still acts up occasionally.
 
1st is definitely the gear you wish to be in when coming to a stop
I usually start to downshift to 2nd if i have the room about 150yds or so before the intersection.
then just before stopping, feather the clutch a bit while shifting to first

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No Hater
It is indeed good to be in first in case of an idiot headed your way but, you can definitely take off in 2nd with no problem on the FZ.  Like others have said, keep the motion and shift and you'll be aight.  I honestly think my bike shifted a lot more rough and clunky the first couple thousand miles. She shifts up/down a lot smoother these days (at 3500k miles).
That's a lot of miles, lol
Haha I guess your are correct. 3,500 miles ;-) 

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rowdy
It's a false neutral and sometimes you may have to slightly let out the clutch (just a few mm) and you'll hear/feel it clunk and you can continue your downshift. 
p.s. make sure you have nice firm foot pressure when shifting
I've had the problem a couple times and this's what's worked for me.  Just let the clutch out a little, until you feel something then pull it in and step on the shifter, and it's in gear. 

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