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Whenever you down shift into first gear it clicks like a macjine gun going off. If you wait till you stop it will go right in to first gear. What is the diagnosis? What is the approximate repair cost?

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This sounds like a slightly bent shift fork. The slider gear dogs are clicking on the face edge of the gear you are shifting into. If the fork were not bent, the slider would push the slider gear further and engage more fully. The repair is major surgery on the engine. I would take the bike to a dealer to confirm my diagnosis and at the same time get a cost estimate. If you get out for under $1000 dollars you will have lucked out. Please rate my answer. Thanks.

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