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Gear shifter arm - how should it be aligned? Honda CX500, GL500, CX650, GL650

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When putting the gear shift linkage back together on your Honda CX500, GL500, CX650, GL650, GL700, CX400 or GL500 motorcycle it can be a little unclear as to which way the teeth on the gear shift linkage should be aligned. Here's how it should look:

This is a photo of how your gear shift linkage should be aligned inside the rear cover of your engine.

If these are misaligned you will likely find that you get one shift and after that no more shifts, or no more shifts after going down to first. Or just no shifting at all. Suffice to say that these ought to be aligned correctly or you're going to have a headache.

To that end... before you put the motor back in the bike CHECK THAT YOU CAN SHIFT GEARS. Best to find out that these have come loose during installation when it's just a matter of removing the rear engine cover as opposed to removing the motor from the bike...

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