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post #1 of 9 Old 10-14-2013, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Slipping from 1st to neutral

I am new to this forum so first of all, hello to everyone. I've been riding my 2012 DL650 for almost a year and have around 5500 miles on it. Recently when in first gear and moving I preload the gear lever it slips into neutral without pulling in the clutch. This has happened twice in the last week or so and i cant recall it happening before. Is this common and/or normal, or should I get it checked out? Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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I am new to this forum so first of all, hello to everyone. I've been riding my 2012 DL650 for almost a year and have around 5500 miles on it. Recently when in first gear and moving I preload the gear lever it slips into neutral without pulling in the clutch. This has happened twice in the last week or so and i cant recall it happening before. Is this common and/or normal, or should I get it checked out? Thanks in advance for any feedback.
Well if you're pushing up on the lever, it's going to go into neutral. Don't "pre-load" the lever would be my recommendation.

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You only want to preload the shift lever if you are planning on shifting, otherwise leave it alone and don't put any pressure on the shift lever.
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Upshifting without the clutch is a common practice. Gently preload the clutch lever, roll off throttle, it will smoothly slip into the next gear.

Downshift works the same way, only you press down on the gear shifter and blip the throttle (add more gas briefly) to slip into the lower gear.

This works on all motorcycles as far as I know.

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First question is why pre-load on a decently slick shifting transmission? It's not a Motoguzzi.
Second question is how is your chain adjustment? I was on a ride Saturday that was complaining about shifting issues. Riding next to him I was able to look down at his chain and moved like a wave in the ocean. Adjusted his last night and his test ride results were "problem fixed".
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I don't mind the going and I don't mind the stopping. I absolutely hate the stop and going.
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Completely normal. I actually do alot of clutchless upshifting when I am feeling lazy or "opening it up". It is easier to preload, then slightly roll off throttle and roll back on when acclerating hard. The 'Strom transmission does pretty easy clutchless upshifts, but so far hands down the easiest bike I have ever done it on was my 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 naked bike... that bike had such a sweet transmission...

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check your chain and also did you get new boots?

I was popping it into second until I broken my new boots in.

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Recently when in first gear and moving I preload the gear lever it slips into neutral without pulling in the clutch.

Perfectly normal if you happened to roll off the throttle at the moment it did this.

You should have to apply a good bit of force to get it to do it while under acceleration.

There is a point between acceleration and completely off the throttle that the transmission will shift very easily as there is no load against it....just like when the clutch lever is pulled.

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While you're at it, adjust your clutch cable. Page 7-28 in the Owner Manual.

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