Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Victoria, TX, USA
Where's my 5th????
I have heard of people “pleading the fifth”, and even drinking a fifth on a Saturday night but I cannot find my fifth gear.
We were on our way to Spring, Tx for a little whoop-te-do and going through Houston during the 5:00 o’clock traffic (how do you big city people deal with traffic?) and we were either stopped or first gear for over an hour. Once we got through and finally started to speed up, I hit 2od, 3rd, 4th and that is all I had. No 5th gear. My indicator showed 4th and the tach was certainly not agreeing that I had top gear. As I slowed down to 2od to slow down then speed up and slow down once I did have 5th and then I had to slow down and it was gone again. The gear lever would lift up like it was already in top gear. For the next two days as I blasted up and down Interstate 45 between Houston and Spring, I only had four gears. I checked the bottom of the bike and no leaks unless all the rain had washed it off. Saturday evening as we got ready to head home I still only had four gears. We got through Houston and I kept trying to find 5th. Once I did get all five going but it was almost time to stop for fuel. I dropped to 4th to slow down and exit and I tried 5th again. There it is.
After we fueled up, it is a straight shot with no gear changes for the next 90 miles. We pulled out and I had all five. I set the cruise all the way home without problems. As I turned off the highway onto the loop, I had fifth again and it is working fine. For two days I only had four gears so something was wrong. Any ideas???
History…the bike is a 2002 and it is a little past time for the 24k but the fluids were all done at the 12k last April. No problems like this ever.
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2002 K1200LTC--- Belle
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