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Not the slickest gearbox
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I'm finding that (WHEN I remember to do this...) IF I pull in and release the clutch lever twice BEFORE putting it into 1st gear, the "clunk" is greatly reduced.
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I am having issues with 4-3-2. I feel like I am stomping out a fire for some reason trying to get it to downshift. Took the bike to the dealer 2 weeks ago and ask the service manager to take it for a ride and see what he thinks. He came back and said what a fun bike I have to ride. What about the shifting???? Oh yah....No problem, it is fine and normal....don't worry about it.

Since I am at 330 miles on the bike I need to wait to 500 then put synthetic oil in it and see what happens...stay tuned.
Your shift-lever MIGHT need adjusting....
 

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IF your V seems to shift "crappy", I suggest you check your throttle-cable free-play. Mine was getting bad, so I checked, then removed the free-play. Now it shifts a lot better. Give it a try.

(I had about 1/8" movement before the throttles 'cracked', so set it down to pretty much ZERO.)
 

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...But shifting is the first thing you got to do to get moving, and it is not fun to come back home with a bruised toe from all the hard shifting during the ride. Not fun....
I have ridden aprox.193,000 miles among the THREE V650s I've had (still have the '08 and '15 - the '09 was "written-off", making way for the '15).

I have NEVER had 'hard-shifting' on any of them. I do my own maintenance which includes adjusting things like shifters, and MANY of us have mentioned that the 'shifting' becomes MUCH easier/smoother once you change to synthetic oil (I use Mobil1 15w-50).

Good luck!

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My info is that the "clunk" is a DIRECT result of Kawi's 'neutral-finder'.

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I got me a new bike and started experiencing difficulties shifting up and down, so I decided to join this forum to see if it was just my luck or if other people were also experiencing....

...The important thing here is, to any new owner of a Versys that might stumble here, if you found this message, you are not imagining things, some Versys have real stiff gear boxes , plenty of other riders have experienced difficulties shifting the Versys and have commented on the issue, and my best advice, have your bike checked....
... you posted a problem you were having, and we THOUGHT you were looking for advice on HOW TO FIX IT....

Seems to me that is NOT what you were trying for, as ALMOST every suggestion you were given was NOT GOOD ENOUGH, but they all WERE good enough for those "inmates" who've TRIED to help YOU.

A problem on ANY Forum will get members to try to HELP. You could just say "thank you" and move on.
 

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...anyone having difficulties with El Norte speak should contact Father Eduardo Fast, i'm sure he'll recommend an immersion treatment, even if it didn't work for him...comprender....
Quebecers DON'T make cognac, but the French DO, so a couple of stiff shots should lubricate your tongue enough to give it "traction"....

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Quite a few of us 'long-timers' found that the shifting improved tremendously once we changed the oil to SYNTHETIC (Mobil1 15w-50 in my case).
 

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...as a footnote, i've been running that often mentioned transmission taming oil for longer than Eduardo, and that makes it about 100 years in Canuck time, he's kinda old....
I don't know EXACTLY how old Dave (Mr jdrocks) is, but he's a good guy to listen to in referring to the V650, tho' I would advise AGAINST following his beer recommendations.... ;)
 

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well folks. we find that Father Eduardo Fast is a beer snob, and the chances of finding a Canuck beer snob on the face of the earth is now exactly 1/38,929,902.
Nanya, nanya, nanya!

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