Gearbox ratios seemed rather close together considering the superbroad powerband of the Z-1, but are understandable with its performance breeding and modest torque output. Top gear passing placed it slower than the Norton and Trident and tied with the Yamaha. Of course there's always a lower gear to punch if you need it. In town, the enormous clunking going into first and second is something that just seems inherent with all the big Japanese tourers. An unusual complaint from many of the riders was the immovable solidness of the shift lever (when toeing up) of the Z-1 in top gear. Having a slight spring cushion for foot movement would be a comfort aid. The lurch experienced in the morning, when first put into gear, is teeth-gritting, but it's the only way the clutch plates will break their stuck-together seal. Why the large Japanese roadsters don't use a dry clutch like the BMW, Harley or Trident baffles us. It would cure the lurching problem as well as the clutch adjustment variance as the engine gets hot, hotter, then hottest.