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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 04:38 PM
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It doesn't bother me a lot, but even now after months owning the bike I can't hit neutral easily. Most times I miss it and try again until I get it in a traffic light, for example.
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It doesn't bother me a lot, but even now after months owning the bike I can't hit neutral easily. Most times I miss it and try again until I get it in a traffic light, for example.
That's a common trait in a few bike brands, namely HD and BMW.

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Having owned 12 different bikes Japanese it's the rider not the bike. Are you wearing proper motorcycle boots? I've found you will not get a "clean" upshift es specially from 1st to 2nd if you dont have a proper boot. A soft shoe against the shift will cause missedshifts. .
Uh yeah, having ridden for many years on many different brands, it's not me or my footwear.
I admit the Japanese built bikes shift more precise and smoother.
Every brand has its differences and strange little quirks, but nothing that I couldn't handle
or accept as a characteristic of that particular bike.
That's what makes each bike a little more interesting than the other.

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After about 5000km I can get neutral pretty consistently, it is something that needs a bit of practice, but I only shift into neutral when turning off the bike, I normally keep it in gear at the lights ready to go in case somebody comes up too fast behind me. Only once did I have the problem of shifting from 1st into neutral when taking off at the lights.
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13.000km and I can find neutral 95% of the time easily. I'm only having trouble finding it while the bike is moving above 7-8km/h. With boots it's extremely easy, but with soft cloth footwear like the Adidas Ultraboost it's a bit tougher due to leverage, but I still almost never encounter difficulty upshifting.
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I tried the R NINET URBAN G/S no problem to insert the neutral, the gearbox is simply perfect!
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My seventh BMW and 28th motorcycle overall. The gearbox is weak. I have several false neutrals. I am hoping it will loosen up as my other BMW's had. It's annoying but some bikes have their quirks.
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My seventh BMW and 28th motorcycle overall. The gearbox is weak. I have several false neutrals. I am hoping it will loosen up as my other BMW's had. It's annoying but some bikes have their quirks.
Most definitely agree on the quirkiness of a BMW gearbox, having had 4 previous to this GS.
Took some time and kilometres to loosen up and be more precise.

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So, for an update. I spent a little time thinking about the shifter itself. There was quite a bit of general play in it, so I used some heat shrink tubing to shim out the slop, and lightly greased the pivot.
I also changed out my oil for Amsoil Metric 15W50 (I am in no way affiliated with the company, before someone asks). After a few decent length rides, I have not had the transmission catch in neutral again while upshifting

edit PS: This thread is NOT about difficulty finding neutral! That is a different topic.

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post #20 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-06-2018, 06:40 AM
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Has the problem been fixed?

I really hate kicking the thing into neutral when trying to find second!
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