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Old 04-01-2010, 10:16 PM   #1
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Question false neutral

Today I went for a ride and twice I got a false neutral! Not only did I get that but when I proceeded to shift into second it SLAMMED into second! I mean it felt like I was about to drop the damn transmission! Now, I did search and there was really no clear answer... It was "Well it could be this or it may be that." Well I have to tell you that this is not the only bike doing it... My SV650 did the SAME damn thing!

Now is it just me? or is this a Suzuki all thing?

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Old 04-01-2010, 10:29 PM   #2
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Re: false neutral

Upshifting from 1st or downshifting from 3rd?
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:32 PM   #3
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Re: false neutral

mine does it to when upshifting from 1st. so did the honda nighthawk 250. i wont get false neutral but sometimes it wont go into neutral unless i turn the bike off, neutral and start it. I just thought it was normal...
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:35 PM   #4
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Re: false neutral

Next time if you hit a false neutral, rev the motor a bit (like to where it would be if you were to release the clutch in 2nd gear....it will vary depending on your speed) and then click it into 2nd. It should go in a lot smoother.
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Re: false neutral

Not going in to neutral is usually a clutch adjustment issue. Sometimes just rocking the bike back and forth with your feet, or letting the clutch out and back in a bit will help too.

For the OP though,MOST of the time it is technique, not mechanical. Just a lazy shift. The fact two bikes are doing it to you tells me that is the likely culprit. Also try adjusting your shift lever to fit YOU better. It might help.

FYI, ALWAYS go UP a gear to get out of a false neutral. Never down. and try your best to rev match the engine back to where it should be if the RPMs have fallen a good bit, and it will help lessen the clunk when it gets back in gear.

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