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Suzuki Savage 650 LS found 4 gears not 5

I just bought a used Suzuki Savage 650LS. It's a nice bike with plenty of power but I only find four gears, not five. I had it up to 65 and was not over-reving. Am I missing something, or do I have a problem?

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One down (first), four up.
Unless the box is toast... but you would hear it... it isn't exactly a new model - who knows how hard a life it has had...

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The Suzuki Savage didn't add a fifth gear until 1995. Your bike only has four!

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