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Old 09-16-2012, 06:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie and Neutral Trouble

I am the proud owner of a 2012 Road King Classic as of yesterday!!! I've never owned a Harley but I'm in love with this baby!!! I am having trouble getting into Neutral. When I lift the shift lever, it skips to second, then I lightly try to downshift, it goes to first. I know it's in the middle somewhere but it's HARD to find!!! Is this normal with a new bike? Thanks in advance!!!

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Old 09-16-2012, 07:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had the same trouble with my RKC. What really helped me was switching from the very thin Formula+ oil that HD puts in their transmissions and replacing it with heavy weight gear lube. I use Bel-Ray 85W 140.


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Old 09-16-2012, 07:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Its a typical, minor problem with Harleys. My Ultra does the same thing
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I use 75w-90 gear lube..... like buttah!
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Part of it is technique too. I used to have quite a bit of trouble finding neutral. Occassionally I still do but not nearly like when I first got the bike. I have gone to heavier gear oil, but I think most of the improvement came from being familiar with the bike and better finesse with the left foot.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Me too, mine is an 08 Ultra. It is hard to find when stopped, yet super easy when rolling.

If I'm just rolling up to a fuel pump or parking spot I pop her into neutral before stopping. Some of your difficulty could be with your clutch adjustment.

Congrats on getting such a great bike.


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Old 09-16-2012, 09:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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With proper primary chain and clutch adjustment it should be fairly easy to find. You have to get nuetral from 1st gear only.......at least thats how my 99 RKC is.
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Agree with HDS...seems I can find Neutral in my sleep from 1st gear, but it is a lot testier from second.
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My manual actually says you have to hit nuetral from first only
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