Sorry, but sounds like sloppy shifting. In your defense, the Kawi gearboxes are a little more notchy and require a more deliberate shift, especially if you are coming off, say, a Gixxer... I'm amazed how precise the box on my cousin's Gix 750 is compared to mine... sigh, guess you can't have it ALL...
"Keep yer feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked."
Well if you think that is bad, I was out practicing sum wheelies today the the bike kept jumping out of gear altogether and it sounded like it was hopping from gear to gear. The only way to fix it is to pull the clutch in and shift gear again. The last straw was when I was using the on off method to pop the front but when I put the gas back on it went into neutral just as I pulled the throttle back. My poor baby! I'm taking it into the shop on monday hopfully It isnt anything too expensive.
I also from time to time hit neutral when I actually want second gear.
But I also have a much easier time going from first to neutral when I am at a stop. Just a real simple small click up and viola, the P.N.F. does it's job real nice.
I talk to most sport bike guys and they say the toughest thing about shifting on a sport bike is finding neutral. But in the opposite, the shifting through all six gears is same. On a Ninja first to second is a tad longer throw, and then the rest of the gear box is the same.
Most of the people I talk to on Suzuki's or Honda's wish their bike had a P.N.F. as well. Yamaha riders seem pretty content with what they got.
So, with a Ninja, I count my blessings. I'd rather have it easier to find neutral and then remember that first to second just has a slightly longer throw then the rest of the gearbox rather than it be harder to fins neutral with a short first throw.
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Check your chain condition and slack, It makes a big difference to the transmission feel.
It should be between 35-45mm in total from link centre to link centre midway between the front and back sprockets on the underside of the swingarm when pushed down and up as far as you can. Also if you can 'pick' the chain off the back sprocket with your fingers and see daylight between the chain and sprocket, then it is wearing and that will certainly make the transmission feel much worse. Sticking a new chainset on the bike will make it feel like you have a new gearbox. You can easily shag a chainset in 12500 miles.
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