Difficulty Shifting to Neutral
So, I ride about 15 miles to work. When I get to work I have to stop at the entrance and pull out my badge for them to scan. This requires both hands, so I have to shift into Neutral. But my 650 just does not want to go in. I feel like an idiot, because I'm holding up the line of traffic behind me as I'm sitting there trying to mess with my bike.
I try using the slightest pressure and it just pops right into second. Sometimes the neutral light flashes on for a split second as I pass N, but sometimes not. I even have trouble, once I'm parked in my parking spot, as I'm trying to get it into neutral. I've tried coming at N from both 1st and 2nd, I've tried using the toe shifter and the heel shifter to see if one way might be easier. If tried just sliding my foot forward to hit the shifter with the top of my foot, nothing seems to help. If I'm just out, and practicing, it will go in just fine. But sometimes, it takes a good 4-5 tries before I can actually get it to go in N.
I've read this is somewhat common. Is that just the way it is with these bikes? Or is there an adjustment that needs to be done? Any other tips of something that I haven't tried?
2007 V-Star 650 with 13,000 miles.
-KJ from Missouri
2007 V-Star 650 Classic