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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 9-3-2019, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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hi everybody, i have recently purchased a 2000 EX500S and the previous owner had it set to GP shift (1 up blah blah), is there an easy way to set it back to normal without the need for a strip down? TIA
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Yes just get a stock Lever . all the internals a the same.
I buy the Other lever

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Hi FOG, thanks for your prompt reply however the stock lever looks exactly the same as what is on there already?
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There is only 2 ways to reverse the shift pattern, use a lever with the push rod connection on the opposite side .or a belcrank with the same reversal.
its the EX the only practical way is to use a foot lever from a ZX6
I see you lever is stock, so all you need do is reverse the crank on the other end
ANd I don't want to by your stock lever


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Looking at you picture ,it seems you do no have a GP shift at all. You Sure?

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Yeah, actually get on bike and ride it around trying out shifting.
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I have ridden it but am struggling with the gears the opposite way around. It’s definitely 1 up
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That's very odd, because you need to flip either the shift-lever pivot or the linkage itself in order to get GP-shift. Yours is both stock. Here's a GP-shift configuration with flipped lever.

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I have ridden it but am struggling with the gears the opposite way around. Itís definitely 1 up
But is it 5 down? Canít see how you can have a GP pattern

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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 9-4-2019, 4:29 PM Thread Starter
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I’ve contacted Kawasaki about this and it seems the bike came like this as standard with the gears set this way! If I wanted to change it over then I need to purchase The opposite lever. Geez
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Fact is itís a better way. All bikes were that way until some govt idiot thought he knew better. You should consider yourself lucky.I had to convert mine myself.

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Strange as imprinted numbering on sprocket-cover says 1-down, 6-up...

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^It say's 1 down, 5 up. You don't count the neutral.

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Motorcycle shift patterns were standardized in 1972.
Street bikes MUST have the shifter on the left side, first gear one down, neutral is one up from first, any subsequent gears up from neutral.


Ex's were never sold with GP shift.
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post #15 of 21 (permalink) Old 9-5-2019, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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its Definitely 1 up and 5 down. Anyone local to Exeter who I can pop my bike to to confirm?
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Here ya go.
If you look at a parts diagram, you can see you have a stock, non gp shift, shifter.


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Can I pm any of you as I can’t post the video of it on here please?
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Just post the video on youtube. Then post a link to youtube . You won't be able to PM anyone until you have 15 posts.

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Ok so.... it turns out that it can be swapped around by flipping a fork around inside the gearbox and apparently it’s an easy job, just lay the bike on its side to save draining down, open the gearbox, locate the fork and turn it over........hmmmm
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