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Unable to change down gear. gear lever stays down

I have a kawasaki z1000 on an 03 plate. it wont let me change down gear. sometimes lets me change down a couple then the gear lever stays down so i cant change down any more. any ideas please as cant get to work!

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  • tombones May 11, 2010

    You have a bent shift for or two. This is a major repair. The engine is removed from the bike then the gearbox gets torn down to gain access to the shift drum and shift forks.



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Well, first of all ofcourse find out how many gears you have, if you take it to a shop and they tell you you have "One down, four up"
It means starting from Neutral, you click down once for first gear, and from there you can click up to fifth.
Try finding an open area, gear up to 3rd or 4th then gear down a couple times.
Remember, you must be in gear 2 or higher to gear down.

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