I had to go do a conference 2 hours or so away for the last 3 days, I chose to ride there. Not far from the house I lost 6<SUP>th</SUP> gear. No warning, no strange noises. Although I was wearing earplugs, I always keep an ear on the engine.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> <o></o> It will change up to 6<SUP>th</SUP> straight from 2<SUP>nd</SUP> or 3<SUP>rd</SUP> but as soon as you use engine braking it will jump to 5<SUP>th</SUP> and stays stuck in 5<SUP>th</SUP>. Then it needs some work to get it down a gear which turns out to be the real 5<SUP>th</SUP> . It will then not go back into 6<SUP>th</SUP> no matter what you do. So if you want to get it to 6<SUP>th</SUP> again you have to go down the gearbox to 2<SUP>nd</SUP> or so and then gently back up again. But no engine braking just gentle roll offs using the brakes to slow the engine so that a bit of torque is held on the gear.<o></o> <o></o> What really scared me was that going down a notoriously bad pass the back stepped out big time in the wet when it suddenly changed from 6<SUP>th</SUP> to 5<SUP>th</SUP>.<o></o> <o></o> I am pissed off as I have had more than my fair share of shit with this bike. I have had the gear selector forks changed under warrantee, which required a complete splittingof the casing to get there. <o></o> <o></o> It goes in to the dealer on Monday. Anyone eles even heard of this happening to these bikes?