Q Why has my CB1300’S gear­box got rough?

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I have got a 2003 Honda CB1300 with ap­prox­i­mately 12,000 miles on the clock. I’ve just had my first ride­out this year on it and I’m strug­gling to get it to select third, fourth, fifth and sixth, al­though it’s fine on the down­shift in these gears. Un­til now the gear­box has been ex­tremely smooth. Nigel Rollin, email

A An­swered by Chris Dabbs, MCN That’s a low-mileage for its age and could have some­thing to do with it as all those ex­tended idle pe­ri­ods don’t do the me­chan­i­cals any favours. Mois­ture creeps into piv­ots and bear­ings and cor­ro­sion builds up on ex­posed metal. The fact that it’s not good on up­changes and bet­ter on down­shifts makes me think it could just be the gearchange mech­a­nism, as it’s gen­er­ally eas­ier to move the lever down than up. I’d in­spect and lubri­cate that, mak­ing sure it’s just right for your booted foot po­si­tion, change the en­gine oil and take it out for a good, long ride. You could see if run­ning it in lower gears at high­ish revs helps…

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