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Old 07-10-2019, 07:06 PM
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I have 2 Harleys a 2016 Tri Glide and a 2017 Road King and both bikes if I don't shift to first while still rolling, they won't go into first while stopped.
Is this a common problem and can it be fixed? It's getting to be a real PITA , I sometimes find myself starting in third gear.
,Oh I forgot to say that it doesn't happen all the time on either bike
 

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Old 07-10-2019, 07:42 PM
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Clutch adjustment time.
 
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:53 PM
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Clutch adjustment time.
I wish it was that easy, they have hydraulic clutches, and both have less than 6,000 miles on them
 
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:57 PM
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I wish it was that easy, they have hydraulic clutches, and both have less than 6,000 miles on them
Flush the fluid out, replacing with new fluid. It will make a difference. Supposed to do it every 2 years....along with the brake fluid.
 
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Flush the fluid out, replacing with new fluid. It will make a difference. Supposed to do it every 2 years....along with the brake fluid.
That was done to both bikes.
 
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Just a question and since I'm not up on bikes that new, you can't remove the derby cover and adjust the clutch? Hmmmm
 
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Just a question and since I'm not up on bikes that new, you can't remove the derby cover and adjust the clutch? Hmmmm
I have been told that you can't adjust a hydraulic clutch I don't know if anything can be done inside the primary. I'm completely in the dark
 

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Old 07-10-2019, 09:15 PM
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Going to assume you mean stopped but engine running. If you don't, that is normal. Dog engagement transmissions need motor running or them rolling.
 
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No adjustment on the hydraulic clutch...none, zilch, nada. I had a very hard time with mine ...finding neutral while stopped with bije running, clutch not disengaging all the way. Tried bleeding the system multiple times, changed primary fluid...messed with different amounts of primary fluid. After a few weeks of that I just started pulling it apart hoping to find something obvious. I was even going to put the stock primary adjuster back...desperate times for sure. I had plenty of travel on the clutch pack...measured with the dial indicator. It ended up being one of the steel plates in clutch being just slightly dished so i changed them all out and its been problem free since. I'd start by checking the primary fluid level on both bikes. i fill by looking at the level and only putting in enough...some people,like the dealer, may just dump in the specified amount and if it's too much ,then if this happens a few times, you may be over filled and that will cause your symptoms. It's free to look. Good luck with the bike/bikes
 
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This happens to me all the time, if you stop for a red light and your letís say youíre in 4th the bike will only click down one or two gears. So what I do is click down as far as itíll go, and then I slightly let the clutch out about half way (till you feel a slight tug) for it to move the trans gears. At this point pull the clutch back in and continue shifting down. I have not encountered having to do this twice but I also donít come to a complete stop when in 6th.
 

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