From what you describe, the engagement dogs are worn/ broken. It is commonly second gear as it is the victim of the harshest shift.
Repair will involve removal of motor, split cases and install a new gear set (2 gears required).
In most motorcycle gearboxes, neutral is between 1st and 2nd, making for the longest shift throw and usually the largest jump between ratios, so 2nd takes more abuse than the rest and is usually first to give up the ghost in normal use.
About two weeks ago my 91 zx11 started having similar symptoms. I figured I'd ride it and shift straight from 1st to 3rd. I thought it was the clutch until I realized it only slipped in 2nd. I tried to replicate it in other gears, but it didn't happen.
Then about 10 days ago my front sprocket came off on the freeway at 70 mph. The chain was intact. Sprocket was gone. I'm putting new sprockets and chain on it tonight along with a new nut and lock washer.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that a loose sprocket and a worn out chain was causing my issue, but it seems unlikely and it is most likely a coincidence that 2nd gear is going out and a week later the sprocket comes off.
No harm in checking!! Watch my thread on the subject to see the outcome for my bike.
I put a new chain and sprockets on my bike and the symptoms of second gear slipping are still there. I suspect the jolting of the chain on the sprocket when it slipped in and out of gear may have contributed to the sprocket coming off on the freeway. Just keep an eye on the front sprocket if you intend riding while it is bucking in second. I'm just going to avoid second gear as much as possible until I can fix it. Drain and replace your oil and filter to get any shards of metal out that may have recently broken off when the gear finally started giving up on you. Pour the oils through a strainer with a magnet sitting in it to see what metal may be in there.
I am looking for answers too if anyone has advice on how to best ride and care for the bike while it is in this condition since it won't get fixed anytime soon.
Don’t you have the washer underneath the front sprocket nut that you bend up to prevent the nut from coming loose? It should be almost impossible with proper torque/washer for that sprocket to come off.
I've had my 1991 zx11 for 18 months and put 18,000 miles on it. Currently at 36,000 miles. About a week ago it started slipping out of second gear or so it would appear. At first I thought it was the chain slipping. I know it is just about at its limit and ready for replacement. Then I thought...
Anyone venture out and think about updating your ZX11?
I was thinking :
1. Updated fairing/plastic - Maybe graft some ZX10
2. Updated swing arm (Maybe single-sided) or something a bit "beefier" ?
3. modern forks?
4. Modern dual lights
I have a friend that is into ZX11... probably has one...
I have posted this on an older post but I thought I might get some more responses if I started a new thread.
I bought a local 1992 ZX11. Changed the oil , fluids etc. like you would do with any normal bike that you bought. Went for a ride all was good. Actually went on several rides with no...