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Shifting my 2001 sabre 1100 keeps dropping back to second gear as i move into third, what is my course of attack and approximate cost to fix?

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  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2009

    my sabere keeps shifting out of 3rd gear and has a hell of a time going into 3rd gear. honda in pensacola said i should purchase a new bike instead of fixing mine. yeah right!


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Sounds like it may be the valve body in the transmission oil pan or it could be your shifter is at fault.

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I have been a bike mechanic for over 10 years and never seen this one before. The only thing I can even think of is a broken shift fork. This would let a slider gear wander freely and potentially engage a gear while the bike is already in a different gear. This would account for the rear wheel lock up. The 'tight spot' would probably be a torqued and twisted shaft resulting from the lock up.

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