Seems like I'm the only one who likes the 4 speed gear box. Granted, I've never tried the 5-speed but I've riden other bikes so I can imagine what it's like. Personally, I love the 4-speed box (with the shift on the right). Shifting feels great and I love the neutral finder. Yea there is the "whole" but it's not that big a deal (to me). When I Fireball I'd like to convert the ratios (good idea no?) but I like my four speed box fine. Please don't take my neutral finder....I'd say go for the bike, especially if no electric start. Put the shifter on the right and you are good to go. But yea, like everyone says, make sure it was broken in and whatever....
Thanks for the answers. The bike has ES and the owner (who bought it new) said that after he rode it for awhile, it trashed the sprag clutch. I don't know if it was replaced under warranty or not.Was there any electrical improvements worth having in the 2003 + models?I don't expect disk brake performance from the two leading shoe drum brake but is it something that works well, for a drum brake?I know the Iron Barrel is happiest at speeds below 55 mph but does the bike have any quirky issues at speeds up to 65 mph?
All right, all right, you guys!The 4-speed isn't a bad gearbox! I just think that it's easier to start off with the 5-speed, which was designed to have the left shift, and already has the closer ratios in it. That's all I meant.
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