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Steve, Motorcycle Mechanic
Category: Motorcycle
Satisfied Customers: 6828
Experience:  30+ yrs. experience, MMI, HD technician, HD early, engine rebuild/performance, bike builder, kit bike program manager, CCI 2001-2004
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Hard to put in gear at certain rpm---- what does the

Customer Question

hard to put in gear at certain rpm---- what does the harmonic balancer do
JA: How many miles are on the car? Have you noticed any fluid leaks lately?
Customer: its a motor cycle hd 1200 5 speed --- new clutch but hard to find gears at certain speeds
JA: What is the model/year of your motorcycle?
Customer: 1200 2000 Harley Davidson sportster
JA: Are you fixing your bike yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes ---- new clutch --- the bike is getting 49 miles to the gallon ---new carb and clutch --- seems at different ide
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 18 days ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Steve replied 18 days ago.

- the most common cause of shifting problems is a mis-adjusted clutch.

the next most common cause is damaged shifting components caused by forcing the shifter when it's difficult to shift.

the first thing I would do perform a clutch adjustment an cable lube.

let me know if you need instructions.

- that bike has no "harmonic balancer"