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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-20-2009, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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having a hard time finding neutral

Is it just me, or is anyone else having a hard time getting their bike into neutral? I have an '09 Street Glide, btw. I'm going to say that if I can click it into neutral from first (or second) 3 out of 5 tries, I'm doing good. It seems like I'm always clicking back and forth hoping to find the green light. And yesterday I had to let the clutch out very gingerly because even though the green light was on, it just didn't feel right. Or will things get better when I get more miles on it? I'm only a little over 500 miles. I never had this problem with my V-Rod or any other bike and I don't get it
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-20-2009, 06:11 AM
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Naw its common. You get better with practice but it's never fool proof. Or maybe it's just you and me that are shortbus on shifting.
Problem on Sportsters too.
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yeah, I've found my 09 road glide a bit fussy on neutral to. It's not been a serious problem or anything, just gotta stab that shifter a few times to find it and I know what you're saying about going easy on the clutch once you get the green but that's a habit I've always had (had a 400 yamaha when I was a kid that tried to put a new door in our garage ). I've got about 650km (400mi) on mine and it's pretty much been the same since I got it. Up to now I've just put it down to my inexperience with the heel and toe shift since everything else about this gearbox is pure magic, it makes just the right clunk when shifting and has never been hard to shift.
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I have the same issue too and as stated above, was attributing it to my inexperience with the heel/toe. I'm getting a little better but often I still cycle back and forth from first to second, hunting neutral. Sometimes when the light goes green I can't believe that it's really in neutral because the shift lever movement just before was so......what's the word I'm looking for here....mushy? Other times it sticks in neutral with more of a satisfying click.

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It's harder to find neutral in a 5 speed vs a 4 speed, and even harder on a 6 speed. More gears in the same size box = less tolorence and movement for certain functions.

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It's harder to find neutral in a 5 speed vs a 4 speed, and even harder on a 6 speed. More gears in the same size box = less tolorence and movement for certain functions.

Normal.
I would thought that was half of it. Plus really your trying to find a spot half way thru a full shift. A wee little notch somewhere way back thru all that linkage. Good luck perfectionist shifter freaks.
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Good to know everyone is having the same problem as me. Glad to hear it's normal from Dave.
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Thanks. I guess that shifter shortbus is pretty crowded (lol). I was kinda hoping it was just me and could be adjusted at the 1000 mi checkup, but also relieved to hear it's not just me. One thing's for sure, you never have to worry about accidentally finding neutral.
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Most shifting issues can be related to an improperly adjusted shifter, or tired, inatentive shifting.

I also see a lot of shifting "hard shifting" or "difficult shifting" complaints within the first 2000 miles.

All those trans parts, just like your engines, need to break in, wear to each other and learn to slide around together.

This is also why I encourage using a synthetic, heavier weight oil in the trans like a 75w90 GEAR LUBE, ( I use 75w140 Redline synthetic heavy shock) instead of thin, motor oil.

The heavier viscosity numbers quiet a lit of clunking and normal trans noise, and the synthetic aids in shifting and smoothness.

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i had the same exact problem during bike week in Daytona this year on the 09 King Classic. It will be alright! It just needs to be worn in, literally.
Mine goes in and out with no difficulties now at all.
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