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Have trouble selecting gears on 650 bandit gsf mainly from 3rd to 6 gear changing up, not as bad changing down gears don't go into gear straight away if I change quickly helps somtimes

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Hi, Clive and the usual suspects are:
1. Clutch dragging slightly.
2. Primary chaincase overfilled with lubricant.
3. Corners wore off shifter clutch dogs.
4. Shifter return spring bent or broken.
5. Bent shifter rod.
6. A loose shift lever on shifter shaft.
7. Shifter forks sprung.
8. Shifter pawl needs adjusting.
9. Heel/toe shifter coming in contact with the floorboard.
10. Transmission oil too heavy.
For more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need please click on the blue links below. Good luck and have a wonderful day.
Bike is sometimes not wanting to shift into neutral
Bandit gear changes
Suzuki GSF650A Service Manual
OEM parts for Suzuki

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