<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by cbrf2boy:
honda builds notchy gear boxes...the bike is still new and the gearbox may still need some breaking in.
I agree and disagree, not necessarily in that order.
The F4's gearbox is the smoothest gearbox I have ever experienced in a sportbike. I think that what happened to Drew was due to operator error. I have had this happen once, and I know for a fact it was because I hit neutral from 1st and let the clutch out before I hit 2nd @ about 12,000rpm. BAD mistake. That's the only time I EVER had problems with my gearbox.
I think Tony talks about the notchy gearbox because, judging from your name, you ride/rode an F2, which had a VERY finnicky gearbox. I don't know, I'm assuming here.
Tony is right about the break-in, although 1100 miles should suffice to break in any gearbox.
To summarize: You don't need to worry about a thing. It was most likely operator error. No big deal, just get more used to the bike, and you'll be fine. Don't take that as a knock to yourself either. I've done it, and so has everyone on this site at one time or another. ESPECIALLY the Yamaha guys...(sorry, I couldn't resist
Hope this eases your worries. Have fun and ride safe man!
P.S. The Factory Shift Kit is a good investment either way. Talk about SMOOTH. Dude, I love it, and it's fairly easy to install too. Anyway, if you have the extra money, I'd order one. AFTER the Stainless brake lines of course, because those are the first mod that ANY self-respecting sportbike rider should make to their machine/companion.
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[This message has been edited by CBR Brutha (edited June 30, 2000).]