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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-08-2013, 10:27 AM
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I get the same problem once in a while with my bike. I have to stomp on the lever do it can go to first But that happens maybe once a month our so

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post #22 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-08-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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I rode for a long time today and just started using the clutch to check my gear instead of switching up to neutral and getting stuck... worked GREAT! Never once stalled or didn't know my gear! It was awesome. It's too bad i ordered a gear indicator already! Happy riding!
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From your description, it sounds like maybe you're downshifting down to first once you've stopped?

Try doing it before you come to a stop (and just keep in the clutch). I've found that if i downshift once i'm already stopped, it doesn't always go into first, even though the N indicator is off.
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post #24 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 09:08 AM
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So after finally getting some time to ride around and familiarize myself with my bike I realized my shift lever sometimes needs to be hit very hard when shifting from neutral to first. I was practicing shifting and needed to slam on it a couple times for it to finally go from N to 1. I have taken MSF classes tho. Not too sure how to go about this...
You need to adjust your shift lever so that the toe piece is moved UP a bit. They come set up weird from the factory, and on a used bike the previous owner may have had really big feet.

Loosen the two nuts on the threaded part of the linkage, turn the threaded part until the tip drops about 1/4 of an inch. Tighten both nuts and test ride. Repeat until you find a comfortable point. RECHECK the nuts to be sure they are tight!!

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After riding around a lot more today It doesn't happen to me a lot but from neutral to first gear at like a light when i stop after shifting down from 3rd or 4th gear etc when i put it in neutral to make sure im in first gear once in awhile it'll give me a hard time. I'll press down to go into first and the N light goes off for a split second then back on. i Have to press it a couple time really hard to drop down. other than that it normally shifts from N to 1 easily. Not sure whats going on there... Other than that shifting and everything is flawless. I was told when i bought the bike a previous owner had dropped it and broke the shift lever but it was fixed... maybe thats why?
That is normal for a 250, because of the "Positive Neutral Finder" (makes going into neutral easy when the bike is stopped.)

Solutions to the "problem":

1: Shift to first BEFORE you stop. (This is what you're supposed to do always anyways.)
2: Leaving the brakes applied, let out the clutch just a little (until you feel it starting to grab), then release it and hit the lever down at the same time. (Works but if not done right is hard on the clutch and trans.)
3: IF IT IS SAFE TO DO SO, release the brakes and roll slightly forward or back, WITH THE CLUTCH IN, as you hit the lever down. (Very tricky to do.)

Candidly, #1 is the ONLY "correct" option. Why? At a stop, it is far safer to have the bike in gear and ready to roll if needed in an emergency (Like a dumbass driver who doesn't "see" you and comes up from behind without stopping) HAS happened to me and others before, and in that case the best option is to get out of the way, which is almost impossible to do fast enough if you are in neutral.

I have come to terms with the possibility of dying while riding, life has a 100% death rate. I would rather live having fun and end up dead in a motorcycle crash than never do anything fun because it's dangerous and I might get killed. No one makes it out alive anyway. - From a friend on another forum, used with his permission.

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