Question about Motorcycles
The gears on a motorcycle run in this order: first, neutral, second, third, fourth and fifth. When you are moving, shifting up from first gear will skip over neutral and shift you right into second gear. The only time that shifting up from first will get you into neutral is when you are not moving.
Pull in the clutch lever and tap the gear lever down until it stops. This will signify first gear. Pressing the gear lever down will shift you down one step and pressing it up will shift up one step.
Tap the gear lever up one click while still holding in the clutch. This will put the bike into neutral.
Start the bike. The bike needs to be in neutral to start.
Hold in the clutch lever and tap the shifting lever down to shift to first gear.
Release the clutch slowly and give it just enough gas to get moving.
Listen to the motor to know when you need to shift. If the engine is making a low grumbling noise, then it will need to be shifted down. If it is making a high squealing noise, then it needs to be shifted up.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
xj650(uk) and xj650j
inlet 0.16 - 0.20mm
exhaust 0.16 - 0.20
all other models
inlet 0.11 - 0.15mm
exhaust 0.16 - 0.20mm
set when cold
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
Try rocking it back and forth slightly, not to cause too much movement, just enough to possibly get it out of first gear. Make sure your clutch cable is working properly too. This is what allows your gears to shift.
Hope that helps.
Posted on Aug 27, 2009
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