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My 2000 Suzuki DR200 with 2200 miles runs great. My only complaint is with the transmission. It is difficult, and sometimes impossible to downshift once the bike comes to a stop. Usually the only way I can do it is by letting the clutch out slightly, and then it will go into a lower gear. My local Suzuki dealer says this normal for most bikes, but I have difficulty believing that this is how the trans is supposed to work. My earlier Kawasaki 250 never had this problem.

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unfortunately it is normal. Different oil may help somewhat for a short time but it's still going to do it in the long run

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Not sure about the 200 but on my 650, making sure the clutch pull is adjusted properly and rolling forward or back a couple of inches while fully pulling the clutch lever in, makes dropping into 1st easier.

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I'am have a simular problem with my DR350.

See my post "Difficult finding neutral" (10-09-2011) page 2

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My 1968 Honda CL350 has to be downshifted one at a time as I approach a stop sign or I will have a great deal of difficulty getting back to first (rocking the bike and slightly letting out the clutch helps). I always thought this was an age/wear issue with the tranny. If the chain is too tight it seems to be even more difficult. My DR350 has no such issues.

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I've had this on a couple of dual sports XT225 & DR650, usually it gets easier as you build up more miles on bike, also have had problem with a couple of Harleys too. I now downshift as I come to a stop.Do the roll back and forth a couple of inches while releasing the clutch a little seems to help.

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