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Hard to shift into 1st&shifter does not return to neutral.

On occasion (50%) of the time the bike will not shift into 1st without lots of -----------, Also the shifter does not return from 1st to neutral position without using foot. Thanks, moe.

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1 Dirty Oil / Low oil
2 broken return spring on gear lever
3 Clutch worn

hope this helps

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