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Changing Gear 1st to 2nd but catching neutral

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The bike (2011, 12k on the clock) and I (more than 12k on the clock) have been off the road for a few months due to various reasons (not motorcycle related). So, when I got back on a couple of weeks ago, I've noticed that I've been selecting neutral when going from 1st to 2nd.

I try to change gear smoothly by preloading the gear lever, but now all this seems to do is smoothly move me into neutral.

Any ideas why ? Am I just rusty ?
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Your shifter may be set too high. It can be adjusted. You could also grease the shifter's main pivot at footpeg mount.

How old is the engine oil, and what type is it? How are your clutch lever and throttle free-play, and drive chain slack?

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Maybe gunk in the shifter axle ... Right where the footpeg is


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Your shifter may be set too low. It can be adjusted. You could also grease the shifter's main pivot at footpeg mount.

How old is the engine oil, and what type is it? How are your clutch lever and throttle free-play, and drive chain slack?

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Thanks Invader. I'll do some lubing (always a good idea anyway). Engine oil (Valvaline 4T stroke 10w-40 full synthetic) is brand new, changed from almost brand new when I stored the bike for a few months. I lubed the clutch cable about two weeks ago when I knew I was going to start riding again (wow, what a difference - nice and easy to operate the lever now). No throttle free play from what I can tell, but I kinda suspect the drive chain is just on the slack side of things.

Thanks for the info.
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I meant to say that the shift lever may be set too high, not too low.

I did lengthen mine by 1/4" as it was a bit short for my size 12 riding boots, by welding an extention to a spring-loaded folding knurled aluminum tip.


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