Let's face it, the 690 and 701 are great bikes, but the transmissions shift like garbage. The idea is that when you nudge the shifter it should actually go into the next gear. False neutrals in the upper gears and a generally notchy feel to them does't exactly inspire confidence either.
Posted by Chad on 17th May 2018
Install on my 2018 701 supermoto. Before shifting was very CLUNKY feeling and I had numerous missed shifts and false neutrals. I was starting to question buying this bike. Installed this kit and OMG what a difference. I am so happy with the way it performs now. Gearbox feels very smooth and I haven't missed a shift yet.
Posted by Keith on 4th May 2018
This shift kit has a stiffer spring (which is annoying to install!!!) Good thing it's worth it! With the ceramic bearing, the spring pulls the shift cleanly into position even if you don't do a good job of shifting. It won't cure what feels like a crunchy gearbox, but the shifts are positive and clean.
Posted by cliff on 23rd Apr 2018
Had 2 complaints with my new SM. Exhaust was too hot and quiet and the dang false neutrals. Was so exited to see this fix when I came to this website. The shifts are so crisp now its unbelievable. If money was tight this would be my first upgrade for sure.
Posted by Sammy on 6th May 2017
I've been wanting one of these for a while and finally pulled the trigger to install during my spring bike maintenance (riding season is finally here in Alaska).
End result I'm totally blown away how much better my 690 shifts now. I can no longer get false neutrals going from 5th to 6th at highway speeds even trying to by barely shifting. Wish I had bought this a long time ago. All the shifts feel really solid on top of the false neutral problem being gone.
The instructions factory pro have on their website aren't very good, but there's a helpful video of another rider doing this install on Youtube that makes it super simple.
If you're on the fence for this upgrade, do it. Definitely worth the cash.