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Yamaha XJ650J. Transmission is stuck in first gear. Can't get it into neutral. It has 80,000 miles on it but I never banged through the gears hard. Bent shifter fork or ?

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You got it, bent shift fork. I think the manufacturers make them weak just to keep dealer service
departments in business. This is a pretty major repair.

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Find a used engine from a salvage yard probably 3-4 hundred same thing happened on my 750

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With the engine off, pull in the clutch and while rolling the bike forward or backward slowly, see if it you can shift it into neutral. If not, you have a transmission problem.

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