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Still no 6th gear....

After all these years of production and people posting that they wish it had a 6th gear it still doesn't. I am sure they know many buy a pulley kit to try and correct the issue. I wonder why they haven't addressed it?
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It's a good justification to add another bike to the garage!

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I suspect that to add a sixth gear would require an alteration to the gearbox case size which either might not be feasible without, for example, a frame alteration also and that all increase the cost quite a lot. Kawi might feel that might not increase sales enough to justify the increased design and manufacturing expenses.

Or?

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After all these years of production and people posting that they wish it had a 6th gear it still doesn't. I am sure they know many buy a pulley kit to try and correct the issue. I wonder why they haven't addressed it?

This is crazy!!! Just why?? Get a different bike!!!

2006 to 2019 no changes to engine trans are made a great production run - Why mess with success??

Does not need a 6 gear - Kawasaki Vulcan 900 is great the way it is!!!


5 speed trans shifts great no problems leave it alone!!

I actually just created an account because very tired of seeing riders of this bike complaining about a non issue!!


Move on peoples!!

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I suspect that to add a sixth gear would require an alteration to the gearbox case size which either might not be feasible without, for example, a frame alteration also and that all increase the cost quite a lot. Kawi might feel that might not increase sales enough to justify the increased design and manufacturing expenses.

Or?
Well they could have put different pulleys on them as a solution. Unless possibly they have at some point.

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This is crazy!!! Just why?? Get a different bike!!!

2006 to 2019 no changes to engine trans are made a great production run - Why mess with success??

Does not need a 6 gear - Kawasaki Vulcan 900 is great the way it is!!!


5 speed trans shifts great no problems leave it alone!!

I actually just created an account because very tired of seeing riders of this bike complaining about a non issue!!


Move on peoples!!

Have to agree w biebs,,,,I absolutely loved my 9 wish I kept it,did what it was supposed to do,only went to a nomad cause I wanted it,no regrets there,My needs changed a bit so I bought it,but dang i miss my 9,would have rode both depending on the ride
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Another thought

I have had many bikes - shaft drive bikes give you no choice on final drive gearing you get what the factory give's you.

At least with a belt or chain you can easily change the gear ratio.

One exception - 1983 Honda CB1000 Custom a shaft drive bike with a 10 speed Transmission I had one, but a shaft drive heavy bike with a very long wheelbase.

I like the simplicity of chain and belt drive bikes!!

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I love the 900 just the way it is now. I don't ever intend to part with it.

I could speculate as to the why, but I have a case of not caring so…
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Just another shitty design flaw from Kawi. The 900 is a great starter bike for city riding and short rides on the freeway.

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Just another shitty design flaw from Kawi. The 900 is a great starter bike for city riding and short rides on the freeway.
I would politely disagree, my friend.

Done some pretty long rides on my 900, myself...

CarGuy, a member here in the Forums, posted this about his, as well.

" I went from a 900 to a 1700 Nomad in 2015. I had the 900 for 7 years. I have done cross-country, multi-thousand mile riding on both.

Pro's of the 1700: More power. Smoother and much quieter at hwy speeds, more comfortable seating, more resistant to cross winds or buffeting by trucks.


Pro's of the 900: Better fuel economy (plus it used regular gas), better handling in mountain riding (easier to "flip" from one turn to the next), easier for around town use.

These are my impressions. The last long trip I took with the 900 was a 3600 mile trip to the Grand Canyon. When I got back I told my wife I needed something heavier if I was going to continue with long distance riding. The 900 transmitted every imperfection on the roads to me. But, if it wasn't for the long distance riding I would have stayed with the smaller, lighter bike. So, I think the type of riding you're planning on doing should dictate what you ride. The 900 handled many long-distance trips just fine. It was me that couldn't handle the shortcomings of a lighter bike on those rides. "-emphasis, Buskman's

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