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Old problem on a new bike....

Anyone else have a problem going from neutral to first? Iím sitting at a light or train track in neutral, go to put it in first and I need to feather the clutch and maybe roll it forward a bit to do this occasionally.....
My 1973 Honda CB175 had the same problem..... Itís kinda funny that on most my other bikes, I had a problem finding neutral... this one, I canít find first....
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Yep that's why I just stay in gear, even if my clutch hand is tired

It's been so long since I've been in neutral that I can't remember if it was easier to get into 1st if neutral is engaged before being fully stopped.
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I have owned five motorcycles -- one Honda, two Suzukis, two Kawasakis -- and have ridden perhaps a dozen-and-a-half others of varying makes. To my recollection, every single one of them has exhibited this behavior at least occasionally. Maybe there's been something wrong with all of them, but I have come to regard it as "just one of those things". As you mentioned, moving the bike slightly or just engaging/disengaging the clutch does the trick.
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I have never put my bike in neutral at a stop light--I like to have control at all time- I can say never had any problem starting off going to first--first thing to check clutch free play
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I had the same problem with my new bike. Adjust clutch and gear lever position.
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Mine hates going into neutral. 2nd -> N is best achieved by feathering out the clutch and letting the bike creep forward an inch.

HOWEVER, on occasion while getting going and seeking second, it'll find neutral from first and I end up revving the snot out of it and looking like the fool (that I am).

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neutral is not a riding gear.. its for parking..
sitting at lights etc, isnt parking,, its 'ready'..
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I run reverse (race) shift pattern on my bikes these days and I find it much easier to find neutral from first gear now. Something to do with a downward action rather than an upward one. As I coast to a stop I just keep whacking it upwards through the gears until it's in first then one little tap down into N.
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neutral is not a riding gear.. its for parking..
sitting at lights etc, isnt parking,, its 'ready'..
I think of neutral as a tool..... for 45 seconds, I can stand up and flex the joints in my hands, twist a bit, and give my butt a break. I also find it helpful when trying out the new yoga poses.......

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without doubt, occasionally neutral can be handy, and im all for standing on pegs [incl, riding] and other stretching etc,, but not as a habit, especially anywhere cars may be behind or near you...
novice etc riders should consider every little edge in avoiding distracted drivers..
and for that matter all potential riding skills..
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