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Big clunk going into first gear

Just wondering if others notice that when shifting from neutral into first gear that there is a pretty big clunk. It is much harder than other bikes I have owned. The clutch is adjusted properly and all there is no other problems with any other shifting.
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This is my second Kawi. The first gear clunk seems to be a Kawi feature.
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Yup, clunk is normal according to several kawi owners I spoke to as well.
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Try just about any BMW has a REAL clunk into 1st gear. My Versys does have a small Clunk
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Thanks, Just didn't want to think it was mine alone
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Big Kawi fan here. Try holding the clutch in for a few more seconds than normal before selecting first gear from neutral to allow the clutch to settle down (ten secs.) and see if that helps. It works on my ZRX which will clunk you off the back of the bike if you're not ready for it. Still does it after 48,000 miles. (love that bike)
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Try just about any BMW has a REAL clunk into 1st gear. My Versys does have a small Clunk
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My V shifts into 1st rather smoothly. Compared to my BMW which felt like I was dropping the tranny out the bottom - it's refreshing.
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AMS oil get it and forget about CLUNKS
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Kawasaki Krunch

My '01 Kawasaki ZR-7S made a very distinct, crunchy clunk when shifting into 1st gear. I thought it was a bit loud, but during the time I owned that bike I came across several articles that mentioned this "clunk", and stated that it was practically a Kawasaki trademark. My Versys clunks when shifting into
1st, but only about half as violently as my ZR-7S.

I think Kawasaki should refer to this feature as a "Positive First Gear Finder".


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My "chunk" got better with mileage. Up to 5800kms now.
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Check your drive chain tension. Mine clunks only when the chain is slack.
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My Versys does it and my KLR 250 did it as well. Evidently it's got something to do with the wet clutch setup.
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The faster you're going when you switch into lower gears, the heavier and louder the "clunk" will be. At a dead stop, dropping into first is more like a snick, dropping into 1st at 40mph is massive clunk, if rpms are not matched, that is. Match rpms and it should be far less noticable.
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The clunk defined

The clunk I'm talking about is the one you hear when you shift from neutral to first, like when you're stopped at a traffic light that's about to turn green for you. Mine is loud enough that it startles people sitting in cars next to me at the traffic light.

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The clunk I'm talking about is the one you hear when you shift from neutral to first, like when you're stopped at a traffic light that's about to turn green for you. Mine is loud enough that it startles people sitting in cars next to me at the traffic light.
Did you try holding the clutch in for about ten seconds before hitting first gear ?
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Nope. When I'm coming up to a red light I'm decelerating, braking and downshifting. If I'm lucky I can catch neutral on the way down, just as I'm coming to a stop, but often I have to go all the way down to first and then back up to neutral.

Now I'm stopped and in neutral. If there's no traffic behind me, I'll take the opportunity to stretch, unzip my jacket, etc. As I anticipate the light changing to green I'll pull the clutch all the way in and shift into first, but never without the loud clunk. Doesn't matter if I've held the clutch in for two seconds or ten.

Sometimes you're caught at the light for 25 seconds before it changes, and sometimes you're only there for 5 seconds, depending on when you rolled up. Even if holding the clutch in for ten seconds prior to shifting into 1st was the cure to the clunk, I'm not sure I'd bother. A person doesn't always have 10 seconds to hold in the clutch before shifting into first. Even if I did have ten seconds every time, I'm not sure I'd want to bother shifting into neutral if I still had to hold the clutch in through the majority of the time I was stopped at a red light. If I was going to do that every time I'd just downshift all the way into first gear as I was slowing for the light, and hold in the clutch for the entire duration of the red light.

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The clunk got much better after switching to full synthetic oil (3500 miles). I had an old 1983 GPZ-750 that had a scary loud clunk. Never ever went away fully, but got way better after 5000 miles. Like others have said, "a Kaw trademark".

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Even my sweet-shifting Suzuki clunks into first gear.

No worries, you certainly know when it's in gear.

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I agree, I think they all do it to a certain extent. It is not bothersome at all, since most of my past Kawi's {ZRX1100, ZX9R, ZX12R} did it too. Make sure your idle speed is within spec, preferably at the low end....the lower the idle speed, the less pronounced the clunk........
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I too have had shifting issues and have been trying everything to find the sweet spot. I'm installing heated grips on my V and took the plastic off the front and notice that my clutch cable had a kink in it and was bound up in the headlight bracket. I have not had a chance to try it out since I found the problem, I'm hoping it will work alot smoother.
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