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I have just bought a 1997 Honda VT600, bike runs really well but seems to have no fith gear. Doesnt grind or anything just don't seem to go to fith gear, any suggestions?

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All VT 600 Honda Shadow had a 4-speed transmission.

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The 1995 and earlier VT600 Shadows were 4 speed transmissions. Are you sure it is a 1997? Check the frame neck of your cycle there is a plate that tells you what year the cycle is. There is also a possibility that some body changed the motors and put in an older motor with a 4 speed instead of a 5 speed. If you look on the engine case/cover where the spline shaft for the shifter comes out, the shift pattern is often stamped on the case. Some one could have put a 5 speed cover on a 4 speed engine, but it is unlikely. The only thing worse than being slipped a 4 speed instead of a 5 speed , would be having to pay big bucks to fix the 5 speed (you would have to split the cases).

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