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Old 10-21-2012, 06:35 AM   #877
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Joined: Jan 2010
Location: North Texas
Oddometer: 139
I really like the motor on my bike('09), wind protection, etc, but the transmission and dry clutch annoy me each time I ride. I've owned a few bikes at this point, one of which was a GS of the same year. All of those bikes I could get smooth shifts and didn't really think about what I was doing. It was nice. This bike on the other hand is a pain in the ass. Off the line, I have to be cautious not ride the clutch leading to jerky motion from a full stop. Shifting after that is clunky at best. I think a few times it even dropped a gear on me from 6th to 5th. Hoping that was just my foot resting on the shift lever. Probably all user error, but I just can't believe that after 10K I don't have this figured out. Tested a couple HD touring bikes and the shifting was so smooth and easy in comparison. And that right out of the parking lot, first time riding the bike.

I'm about 10,000 miles into this bike. Hope I get better soon.
2011 Kawasaki C14
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