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Hey guys,

So not 5 days after I got my bike, I dropped her. Was on my crescent, just riding around the block, took a corner too fast and slid. I'm ok, just really ****** at myself for dropping her (09 Ninja 250R). Left side fairings are banged up, the one under the seat will need to be replaced eventually but ok for now...

But she won't shift out of neutral. It turns on just fine, but when you try to shift, it won't engage any of the gears. My thoughts are the kickstand sensor is messed up, or more likely, the shifter.

Ideas? Cost to fix?

Here are pictures. The shifter is what bothers me. It doesn't look bent to me. When I pull the clutch (which seems fine), and try to shift down into first, the shifter clicks but the gear doesn't engage. If I try to shift up, it clicks once (like it's trying to go to neutral) and doesn't click anymore after that. It feels a little like it's scratching, but I'm not sure.

That back fairing is cracked badly, but if I'm right, it's only $60 off cheap cycle parts. Can someone confirm the part #? I think it's 36040-0061-15, http://www.cheapcycleparts.com/produ...lh-black-green.

It doesn't want to go into 1st or 2nd. Mind you, these bikes won't let you go from Neutral to 2nd in when you're standing still (Positive Neutral Finder). When I tried, it made a very faint grinding sort sound. Nothing alarming, but is this possibly some kinda of safety feature that's engaged when the bike is dropped?

Clutch cable seems fine (I can pull it from the lever), and I can't see any issues with the shift linkage.









EDIT: Also, the 2nd last picture with the turn signal out: Anyone know what kind of bolt that's supposed to be? I think the previous owner swapped it out, because this one doesn't fit and has a nut as well. It's chrome instead of black. I think it's Imperial instead of Metric, which is why it doesn't fit.
 

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cant be the kickstart switch, if that was busted it wouldn't start. what i mean is, you can shift into first, 2nd, whatever with the kickstand down, but the bike will just shut off. or atleast this is the case on my 07 zx6r with a pirate leg. other than that, maybe you should take it to a stealership to figure out whats wrong, once they quote you with an immense bill, just take it home and fix it yourself

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good luck.
 

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lol the tires / wheels on a 250 makes it look like a toy :(
 

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have you tried riding the bike? they dont shift into 2nd or higher just sitting there. they need forward momentum. go ride the bike, then shift it. tell us the results.
 

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When I try to click down, it does click on the shifter, but nothing engages. Same when I try to go up. I can keep clicking it downwards, but I can only click it up once. Either way, doesn't engage.

See, when I went down, I don't remember being in neutral but apparently its in neutral now since the light is on. I'm thinking that maybe some gear linking the shifter and transmission may have slipped off. How can I check this?
 

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^only way to check it is to pull out your engine and crack open the case lol..... just ride your bike and shift...
 

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Check to see if your fall jarred anything loose like a bolt or your shifter rod. And might I suggest investing in frame sliders.
 

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sometimes you can't shift out of neutral while the bike is sitting still. try rolling it with the clutch in and trying to downshift.

if something is really screwed internally i don't really have any experience with transmission related issues so i don't know what to tell you.

*waits for VeX*
 

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Sit on the bike and roll it around and try to shift it. Same thing happened to me once, once I starting moving it, it popped into gear no prob.
Agreed. Try click it down to first. Then try roll it without the clutch lever pulled in. If it won't roll, that means it did shift into first. If you clicked the shifter down, and then it still rolls, you have a problem.
 

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Agreed. Try click it down to first. Then try roll it without the clutch lever pulled in. If it won't roll, that means it did shift into first. If you clicked the shifter down, and then it still rolls, you have a problem.
I'll have to try this tomorrow, but I'm basing all this on the fact that the Neutral light stays on and it still rolls. I wheeled into my garage no problem. Will try tomorrow.
 

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What gear were you in when you went down? if you remember...if you don't you can even do this

If it turns on like you say just turn it on, click down a gear, let the clutch out SLOWLY until you feel the gear engage, and repeat that until you are in first, then go back up to neutral or whatever you leave your bike in when you turn it off.

You DO NOT HAVE to have forward momentum if the engine is on. I had to do it when I first started riding because I forgot to count what gear I was in and sometimes stopped in second. So I would be stopped and have to click down again, let the clutch out a little for the gear to engage. It's a helpful little tip I picked up from the guys on here.
 

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What gear were you in when you went down? if you remember...if you don't you can even do this

If it turns on like you say just turn it on, click down a gear, let the clutch out SLOWLY until you feel the gear engage, and repeat that until you are in first, then go back up to neutral or whatever you leave your bike in when you turn it off.

You DO NOT HAVE to have forward momentum if the engine is on. I had to do it when I first started riding because I forgot to count what gear I was in and sometimes stopped in second. So I would be stopped and have to click down again, let the clutch out a little for the gear to engage. It's a helpful little tip I picked up from the guys on here.
Naw, I don't remember what gear I was in, but that sounds like it might work. Thing is, the neutral light is on when I turn on the bike and everything. It doesn't turn off when I try to engage the gear. How much can I trust that light?
 

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your shifter linkage looks off a few teeth, i would try to fix that if you are good with tools
This is the part on the left side of the image right? Basically, the part that I will see turn when I manually actuate the shifter lever with my hand? Pop it off and reinsert it?
 

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This is the part on the left side of the image right? Basically, the part that I will see turn when I manually actuate the shifter lever with my hand? Pop it off and reinsert it?
You see the silver thing with the pink and blue on it? The black part that is around it, it is held on there with teeth like a gear and they turn together. If you pull the outer black part off and rotate it a few teeth and put it back on, you'll raise the shifter peddle a little bit and this might fix the problem.
 

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You see the silver thing with the pink and blue on it? The black part that is around it, it is held on there with teeth like a gear and they turn together. If you pull the outer black part off and rotate it a few teeth and put it back on, you'll raise the shifter peddle a little bit and this might fix the problem.

That's what I thought you meant. That seems straightforward to fix. I'll go try now and report back.
 

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Its really straight forward. Before you do anything, using some kind of sharp, make a little mark for where the teeth are lined up at right now, just in case this isn't the problem, it'll make it easier to put back to stock
 
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