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my 2007 dl650 is starting to be difficult to downshift back into 1st gear and sometimes gets stuck in 1st gear when stopped and looking for neutral.i have owned this bike since new and maintained it carefully.it has 21k miles.any thoughts as to what may be causing this?thanks fellow srtommers!!
 

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Is your clutch out of adjustment? If it isn't fully releasing then the drag would make it hard to get into and out of gear.

Note that the clutch adjustment is not done with the cable but rather behind the cover that houses the front sprocket; although a cable that is not adjusted properly might not fully disengage the clutch and can cause the symptoms you mention.

..Tom
 

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Tom: you're such a good samaritan.
To the OP: Tom nailed it. Adjust your clutch as per the manual (under the cover) and then set your cable slack so you get 10mm of free play at the lever end. Make sure to turn the handlebars and that you get the 10mm through the entire handlebar motion range.
 
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