Iron 883 Shifting Question

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I have a quick question pertaining to shifting while coming to a stop. I just started riding a month a go and noticed today that when I had to come to a quick stop at a red light; I shifted down to third before focusing on stopping smoothly (so the person behind has ample time to slow down), and came to a complete stop. When I tried to down shift to 1st so I could prepare to take off, the gear selector didn’t get stiff like it’s supposed to in first. It was like you could keep shifting down infinitely. So when I tried to take off it ended up stalling. I think it was in second, but I couldn’t get it to go into first after I stopped. After I pulled into the left turn lane and revved it up, I got it into first with no issues. Any ideas? It’s a 2016 Iron with 1k miles on it.

Kevin 6 years 13 Answers 1493 views 0

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    My 17 Iron will sometimes not go into 1st when I’m stopped at a light. I believe it’s when coming to a stop like you said without properly down shifting. Mine feels more like it can’t go further down but I can feel it’s not the proper gear.

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    You’ll get used to it over time and hit first every time. Rock the bike back and forth while at a stop will usually fix it everytime

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    A. Ride
    B. Ride some more
    C. More than that

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    I’ve had that happen to me a few times too. I’ve gotten quick about noticing I’m not truly in first and clicking it down quickly as I start to take off. When I first started riding, I started in 2nd quite a few times. You’ll get better with some seat time.

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    If I see that coming, I’ll row through the gears while I hang on the brakes. If I don’t need to down shift, I don’t. I’d rather change brake pads than a clutch

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    Also, if you rock the bike or let the clutch out and move an inch or two, it will usually drop on down to first.

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    Hit 1st at every stop, and get into 1st before you come to a complete stop.

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    Interesting … I never “engine brake” … if rather replace pads, so when I’m coming to s stop I just pull the clutch and coast/brake to the stop.

    Interesting to read how much variation there is to peoples riding styles

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    I always remember to down shift to 3rd, because i love decel pop.. hit neutral or 1st right before the stop.

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    The clutch can withstand as much reasonable downshifting as you’ll ever do. It is also a good idea to always be in the right gear if you have to get out of someone’s way quickly.

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    I’m usually down shifting as I’m coming to a stop, unless I have to emergency brake, then it’s all about stopping.

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    Thanks everyone for the amazing responses! Glad to know that I’m not the only one who experienced it. Made me worry that my bike had a major issue. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again (embarrassing) but I’ll try some of y’alls answers if it does happen again.

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    Rev match down shifting until second then just engine break first and pop into N then all you gota do is tab down first and give a Little Rock sometimes. It Happens on other bikes too not not just Harley’s

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