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Kawasaki vn1500 classic 1st gear problem!..

My 1996 kawasaki vn1500 classic jumps in 1st gear when pulling away but is ok in all other gears..i've replaced all friction plates and torque limiter springs but this as not sorted the problem,i would be grateful for any advise on what the problem may be or known faults..thanks paul..

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It sounds like you have a broken dog on 1st gear. (on sprocket inside gear box) gearbox needs stripping down and investigating.

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