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My bike never wants to shift in to neutral once warmed up. Is this common for the 2009 250's?

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You should try by changing the oil , use a slightly thicker oil and you will see it will improve it .
its common this days as oils are very thin and high lubrication at hot stages looses its capacities .
try that first

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