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Menhir....any conclusion?

How did you make out?
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Menhir....any conclusion?

How did you make out?
I applied the WD40 yesterday morning but I wasn't able to take the bike to work that afternoon.
It's supposed to be nicer today and I don't have to go in to my office (working from home today) so I'll take a ride and see if it's any better.

If the problem isn't cleared up, I guess the next step would be to take the shifter off and do a good job at cleaning and lubricating it. I'll have to search to see how to do it and what's recommended.

Thanks for asking.

Earlier on the day I had the problem, I had used a leaf blower to clean up around the front of the house, which included the street where I park my bike. I wonder if I ended up blowing some grit into where grit shouldn't be?


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The leaf blower work may have gritted up things.
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The shifter bushing is an oil impregnated bronze. It gets gummed up with road grime pretty easily. I used to coat mine with some moly paste to extend the service life.
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The shifter bushing is an oil impregnated bronze. It gets gummed up with road grime pretty easily. I used to coat mine with some moly paste to extend the service life.
I had the same problem on my bike. I bought a new shifter bushing off of eBay that was the oil impregnated like you stated. I put a little bit more 30 weight oil on it and it worked and continues to work fantastic. Look up G-Man motorcycle shifter bushing on eBay paid $28.95
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The WD40 did the trick!

I dragged myself away from my desk (Not kicking and screaming) and put around 20+ miles of local riding where I had plenty of opportunity to do a lot of gear shifting.

It was smooooth. Even better than before.

A small can of WD40 now resides in my saddlebag and I plan on coating the shifter bushing as recommended when I get a chance.

Thanks to all.
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The WD40 did the trick!

I dragged myself away from my desk (Not kicking and screaming) and put around 20+ miles of local riding where I had plenty of opportunity to do a lot of gear shifting.

It was smooooth. Even better than before.

A small can of WD40 now resides in my saddlebag and I plan on coating the shifter bushing as recommended when I get a chance.

Thanks to all.
You're not out of the woods, yet.

You need to disassemble the shifter, remove the bushing, clean it, then soak it is HOT 30wt oil (not multi grade). When it is cool, then remove it from the oil bath and let it dry. Use a THIN coat of moly paste to keep it lubricated when you reassemble the shifter.
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You're not out of the woods, yet.

You need to disassemble the shifter, remove the bushing, clean it, then soak it is HOT 30wt oil (not multi grade). When it is cool, then remove it from the oil bath and let it dry. Use a THIN coat of moly paste to keep it lubricated when you reassemble the shifter.
That'll be the plan, then.

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The WD40 did the trick!

I dragged myself away from my desk (Not kicking and screaming) and put around 20+ miles of local riding where I had plenty of opportunity to do a lot of gear shifting.

It was smooooth. Even better than before.

A small can of WD40 now resides in my saddlebag and I plan on coating the shifter bushing as recommended when I get a chance.

Thanks to all.
Glad to hear it worked well!
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