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Can any one advise please? If you are into motors and transmissions you may be able to share your operating experience. I need your help ? Perhaps you can do some trouble shooting here and advise. We just returned from a 6,000 km. road trip (12 days) to Amarello Texas & back along Route 66. I was riding a '99 Kawasaki Drifter 800. On this hot & long trip, a few times I got the feeling that there was yet another gear to shift up to?.but there wasn?t. However, if I kept ...going past 120 Km per Hr., it seemed to be OK. (I do not have a tachometer on my bike).I checked every thing I could think off but could not figure this out.It seemed that though I did change 5 gears to the 5th., the bike was still dragging on the 4th for a while, even after I had shifted to the 5th. Is that possible? The only think I have found so far is that at the last oil change, the level was too high?about ½ litre MORE than the recommended amount. Could that have any bearing?

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I dont think that an excess oil could have forced the gear to move back but may be a possibility . It would have been good if there was a tacho to confirm this but going past 120 must have been the 5th.
Unless the nothch selector is so weak this wont jump back as you can check manually.
To finalise you can now take a test once the oil was removed , but fit a tacho this time as you are a jolly rider.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010


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