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bike will not go into 3rd gear - May 18, 2009, 09:57 PM

bike is a 98 zx6r. I rode the bike back and forth to fredericksburg yesterday with no problems and then to work and home with still no problems and was just cruising no real hard gear changes.

I get on the bike to come to work tonight and just will not shift into 3rd. I have been over the topic on Kawi forums to try and figure out the problem and tried most of the little tricks listed over there to try and get it to shift but still no dice.

Any ideas, suggestions or help will be greatly appriciated.
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I lost second gear once. I didnt use it much anyway.


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For Kawasaki's I would take it to RNR Cycles. Rick is the Kawi expert
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Could be a bent shift fork or your linkage has moved. Check to see if anything is loose. If you cannot figure it out give RnR Cycles a call. We have a few Kawas!


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Could be a bent shift fork or your linkage has moved. Check to see if anything is loose. If you cannot figure it out give RnR Cycles a call. We have a few Kawas!
+2 - No matter what - Its probably not a fix you should undertake yourself. Bring it to RNR.


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May 19, 2009, 07:33 AM

yeah i was actually really considering bringing it up there. It will probably have to wait till after i get back from NYC this weekend though. Going to Uhaul it up there scince i don't know anyone with a trailer in Springfield. Going to get a few other things done while I'm at it.
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May 26, 2009, 06:41 PM

Going to drop my bike off at the shop here in the next few days when I get some free time and I am weighing my options.

The research I have done online is making look more and more like a bent shift fork. So I am curious what is the average repair cost for this service?

Reason I ask is I am considering getting a new bike and
A trading this one in
B parting this one out
and any $$ i spend on the repair might be better spent toward a new bike.

Another option is to drop a ZX9 motor into it. I know as a new rider 900cc bike might be a bit much for me but I learn fast and think I can handle it.
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May 26, 2009, 06:46 PM

Whenever someone tells me they can't shift into 3rd gear the first thing that comes to mind is sticky shift linkage. Think about it... For first gear you push down, for second gear you pull up, so a sticky shifter doesn't matter, but when you want 3rd you gotta pull up again and if the shifter did not return from the shift to 2nd properly it ain't gonna happen.
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Skip from 2nd to 4th. Red line in second.


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