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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Is it normal...?

So now that I have a few hundred miles of riding on my 2001 stock TB that I picked up last November... is it normal to have difficulty shifting between 4th to 5th gear? It seems to be harder to get it from 4th into 5th gear than any of the other gears. Also is it true that these bikes prefer to be above 3000 RPMs for maximum performance? Mine has a little over 13,000 miles and other than the 4-5 shifting it's perfect!

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I have a 99, and have no issues between any gears, except maybe a false neutral In higher gears once in a while. And yes, you will find the most usable torque above 3000 RPM. Above 4000 RPM the bike pulls like a freight train.

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How do you define "difficulty"? Is it the effort you need to apply to the lever, or are you missing shifts (false neutral)?

What kind of oil are you using? How long since it was changed? Is it at the proper level? The engine oil also baths the wet clutch and lubricates the transmission.

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Seems to be a false neutral sporadically when shifting between 4-5 usually at the 3000 rpm range. Changed the oil this winter level is good. I used Ravenol full synthetic motorcycle

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Seems to be a false neutral sporadically when shifting between 4-5 usually at the 3000 rpm range. Changed the oil this winter level is good. I used Ravenol full synthetic motorcycle
That’s a pretty low rpm to be shifting at, these engine like to be run at higher rpms. Have you tried shifting at a higher rpm?

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That’s a pretty low rpm to be shifting at, these engine like to be run at higher rpms. Have you tried shifting at a higher rpm?
Not consistently but I'll shift at higher RPMs today and see how that goes I'm used to shifting at about 3k. Is full synthetic oil ok for these bikes?

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I found my answer on recommended oils from a 2014 post where WSC and IRL Mike provide good information. Thanks all for your input

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I used to get plenty of false neutrals 4 - 5 .
I did need to make a positive / firm gearchange.
When I did a casual flick it was not a happy lady.!
The habit soon developed and false neutrals went away.
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Consider adjusting the shift lever down slightly, that way you'll pull it higher by instinct.

[edit]Oh, wait, it's not a TBS. That may not be possible...

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