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Third gear very difficult to engage!!! apart from adjustment of clutch why would this occur/ bike has only done 12,000 year of manufacture 2000.

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You should see the manufacturers workshop manager. If worth his salt, he will advise you. It is more than likely a bent or broken part inside the gearbox and they will be most qualified to repair.

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