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First gear A week and a half ago I put my bike on the road and have been doing some short rides. First gear is giving me grief. When I come to a stop it often won't go into first; or; it goes into first and then slips back into neutral; or; if I start in 1st let's say in a parking lot and I'm maneuvering slowly to get into position to exit the driveway, it will suddenly be in neutral. I have been coming to a stop and put it into first and saw the light go dark; while I am sitting at the red light it will slip into neutral. Then.....sometimes, I can't get it to go into first without a lot of effort. What do you think is the problem? Poorly adjusted from when the bike was in for repair?

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The first thing to check is the lever throw. Have you bent the shift lever to where is is hitting the frame when you put it in 1st gear. I have seen this before to where the lever is bent downward & it hits the exhaust pipe or the frame & you can not put it in 1st gear properly. If this is not the situation then there may be something wrong in the tranny. Maybe a shifting fork (which is rare) be bent.

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Has the oil been changed since you got it back out on the road? An oil change might help flush any accumulated "crumb" out of your tranny.

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