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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-09-2014, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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1987 KZ305 LTD Shifting Issue

Hey All,

I am new to the forum. Just bought my second motorcycle which happens to be a vintage Kawai. It is a 1987 KZ305 LTD. Awesome condition, with just over 11,000 miles. Picked it up for $750. Pictures below. The other day I was riding to work in the rain and I was running a bit late. Pulled into the parking lot going way too fast and went to make the turn into the garage, hit a puddle of water and laid the bike down. It didn't seem to do any damage other then bending the shift lever a bit. So, I put it in the vice and carefully bent it back enough so that it works again. Well, here we are a couple of weeks after and the shift lever has started not returning sometime when I shift. It's an intermittent problem. It's done it with both upshifting and downshifting. I shift into the gear and it just stick up or down depending and I have to pull or push it back to center with my foot. Sometimes, it seems to REALLY clunk into first gear too. Not sure if any of this is related to me laying it down, but was wondering if anyone had any ideas about what I should do to resolve this problem as it's very annoying and potentially dangerous when in traffic. I am a fairly experienced automotive mechanic, but don't know a lot about working on bikes. Was also wondering if someone could point me in the right direction to find an actual physical copy of a repair manual as I see Clymer doesn't seem to make one for this bike. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thnxs.






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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-19-2014, 02:07 AM
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Looks very well-cared Kawai with low miles, nice deal. No knowledge too with this older machines, hope you just have to realign the shaft and the gears on the gearbox is not damaged.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-09-2014, 07:00 AM
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Possible that you may have bent a shift fork or just the shaft that the shift lever bolts too

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