Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Northern Waitakeres, New Zealand
Finding neutral (and a little more)
One of the most common comments from people here is that it is slightly sticky shifting to neutral, and that it definitely seems easier going in from 2nd than from 1st.
Heck, this got me thinking back to my younger days and bikes I had - obviously we didn't have gear position indicators back then, so the only way of actually knowing for sure that you were in neutral was by gently letting the clutch out a bit. When I was learning to ride, my first bike was a BSA C15 (a 250 cc single), and I remember struggling terribly finding neutral on that - it always took many, many attempts.
A Honda CB77E that I had was also tricky, something to do with the quite floppy rear set linkages.
But Royal Enfield had a neutral finder on their 4 speed Albion gearboxes - there was an extra lever on the side (see photo) that theoretically enabled you to engage neutral from whatever gear you were currently in, very clever - you just gave it a quick dab with your foot and hey presto, neutral! Or 1st, as sometimes seemed to happen on the 350 Bullet I had.
So back to now, and the G310R - yep, happens on mine too, neutral selection is slightly sticky. If I've stopped in 1st, if it does end up going up to 2nd instead, neutral is an easy "snick" down from there - so at the most, two shifts. But given my experiences, you'll understand perhaps why I think that is just perfectly OK!
Last edited by NZWestie; 10-27-2017 at 05:01 PM.
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