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Do you guys find putting the Versys in gear from neutral to be more of a thud/clunk than a smooth transition? Shifting and downshifting at normal speed is pretty normal, from what I can tell, never had another bike, but dropping down into 1st from neutral you'd think something was breaking. Never had an issue, but thinking do I need another 2500 on this bike or some good ol WD-40? What gives?

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Normal unfortunately...I believe I have been told it is because of the positive neutral finder.
 

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The Versys isn't the only bike that has that distinctive thunk going into 1st from neutral...
Becomes 2nd nature, and will be ignored (by you) in time...
 

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I had the same "clunk" while going into 1st gear. I read up on it a little and someone mentioned that it may depend on the type of oil used. Many recommended Amsoil oil to help alleviate the "clunk" sound. I have been using Amsoil for over a year and couldn't be happier. Can't say for sure the oil was the magical fix, but the clunk is not as bad anymore.

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If you think the Versys clunks, you ought to be standing within half a mile of my VTX when I drop that sumbitch into gear. You'd swear the transmission was about to self destruct.
 

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Normal unfortunately...I believe I have been told it is because of the positive neutral finder.
Me too, but whenever you decide to go to synthetic oil, it'll decrease the "THUNK"!
 

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I found that if I'm quick with shifting technique, there is less clunk. Being at the right rpm when shifting yields less clunk. Throttle blip to right rpm when downshifting yields less clunk, including into first. Which is not to say I don't still get the occasional clunk--usually when I'm not paying attention--Doh! $0.02.
 

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I had the same problem then switched to synthetic oil and it seemed to resolve the problem. I would agree that Kawasaki's are clunky compared to Hondas I've owned in the past.
 
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