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post #1 of 17 Old 01-11-2020, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Transmission issues?

Does this bike have transmission issues? The UK based magazine, "Ride" has a feature on the z1000sx. In this article they tell us everything we already know about this bike. Nothing new. Nothing you couldn't learn in a five minute forum visit. This is the March 2020 issue. They dont even mention an ecu reflash.

They do warn owners about an issue with 4th gear and they do specify "early bikes".


I'm not sure I agree. I know we have had a few people talk about transmission damage. One just recently, in fact. I know 2 of the three issues I saw, on rider forum were quick shifter related. I also remember one issue where the owner had crashed.

I know we do t see everything, but between this forum and the z1000 forum, I dont think we've seen enough evidence to say this bike has transmission issues, overall.
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-12-2020, 01:11 AM
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March 2020?
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This popped up on the radar screen: https://www.motorcyclenews.com/mcn-m...-1000-se-2019/
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It really is March of 2020. They have always been several months ahead of reality.

Rikifumi, I wonder how the 2020 ninja will be with it's quickshifter? That's scary when a magazine bike has issues. Figure they are still hand picked and checked over 100%...maybe?
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It really is March of 2020. They have always been several months ahead of reality.

Rikifumi, I wonder how the 2020 ninja will be with it's quickshifter? That's scary when a magazine bike has issues. Figure they are still hand picked and checked over 100%...maybe?
Haha, that's funny. Why would they even release magazines with a timeline 2 months ahead? Wonder how it helps them?

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Does this bike have transmission issues? The UK based magazine, "Ride" has a feature on the z1000sx. In this article they tell us everything we already know about this bike. Nothing new. Nothing you couldn't learn in a five minute forum visit. This is the March 2020 issue. They dont even mention an ecu reflash.

They do warn owners about an issue with 4th gear and they do specify "early bikes".


I'm not sure I agree. I know we have had a few people talk about transmission damage. One just recently, in fact. I know 2 of the three issues I saw, on rider forum were quick shifter related. I also remember one issue where the owner had crashed.

I know we do t see everything, but between this forum and the z1000 forum, I dont think we've seen enough evidence to say this bike has transmission issues, overall.
the magazine claims the transmission problem is with the early bikes meaning early ninjas or early release 2020 bikes?
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post #7 of 17 Old 01-13-2020, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Ozzy, they dont get any more specific than saying, "early bikes". I believe they are talking 11..12....13 year early as the 2020 bike isnt even available yet. Even if they had a 2020, they would have very little experience with it.

I believe the dates are ahead of reality because of the news stands, or magazine stores that were popular over the past years, but not so much anymore. The date being so far ahead means the paper version could sit there for 3 months and never look out of date.
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I vaguely recall someone reporting problems with their bike not staying in fourth gear, and a photo of a worn shift fork.

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The exact words are:

The number one issue is gearbox wear. Its not a problem affecting many bikes. There was no official recall, but its significant enough to mention. First symptoms are false neutrals (Usually 4th to 5th), then hesitation, or skipping, under acceleration, then finally, refusing to go into gear. The only fix is dropping the engine and fitting a new gearbox, which is predictably expensive.

Then, in the closing section it says "Not so good...Heavy steering, potentially delicate transmission on early bikes."
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Thanks for the information rcannon.
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