It sounds very much like a worn gear selector , which is not good news ; however try adjusting the clutch as sometimes the plates can stick in damp weather especially if you haven't been using the bike much.
Not much help i'm afraid but if you have a manual read what it says on the gear selector forks .
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Hi, David for this situation I would call my local dealer or reputable shop's service/parts department and inquire about any possible quick fix, answers, or parts inquiry. If necessary, transport your bike to the dealer or shop and have a professional technician take it for a test drive, if it is in running condition, and give you a written estimate of repairs and answer any specific questions you may have about your problem. Good luck and have a nice day.
Hi, Joe and the usual suspects are:
1. Clutch dragging slightly.
2. Primary chaincase overfilled with lubricant.
3. Corners wore off shifter clutch dogs.
4. Shifter return spring bent or broken.
5. Bent shifter rod.
6. Shifter forks sprung.
7. Transmission oil too heavy.
Good luck and have a nice day.
Check for slop in the shifter linkage. First to second is the longest throw. If you have to adjust it take slack out in netural. Thin test shift and check the netural light. Each time you adjust the linkage.
could be one of two things....clutch adjustment( because its not fully engaging the clutch while shifting, and once you get into 3rd you can actually shirt without the clutch if needed, or a bend shift fork.....which can be caused by knocking it into gear or missing gears while shifting
The neutral light should only light between 1st and 2nd gears. There may be a "false neutral" at other places. Wear exacerbates (i love big words) the size of these but they don't hurt anything as long as the bike shifts well.