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    Problem with shifting into neutral?

    Hey guys, sometimes when I start my bike and try to shift to neutral it will not find neutral for some reason. It only goes between 1st and second. After many repeated attempts I am able to finally get it into neutral, but sometimes this can take 20 minutes.

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    Try letting the clutch out a bit until the bike starts to move, then pull it back in and gently shift it into neutural. this usually works. BTW, is the clutch adjusted to spec?
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    Try moving the bike a bit in gear. That usually helps the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gato View Post
    Hey guys, sometimes when I start my bike and try to shift to neutral it will not find neutral for some reason. It only goes between 1st and second. After many repeated attempts I am able to finally get it into neutral, but sometimes this can take 20 minutes.
    Model/Year??

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    I've been riding BMW's since 1970, they all do this. The bike is training you. Fiddle with the clutch when finding neutral, it's a matter of feel. It shouldn't take 20 mins, if it does you need a LOT of training or something else is wrong.

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    That's not so bad

    Wait until you shift from 1st to 2nd and it goes to neutral. Especially in front of some of those American bike riders who ride around trying to look like something.

    Karma got back at me for laughing on one of those guys who killed his bike at a light and it wouldn't start. I lifted my face shield to let him hear me. Karma can be a bad thing. :-)


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    Why not retrofit the new clutch parts BMW has developed to address this recognized problem? See attachment.
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    How did a 2007 thread come back up? You'd think the problem was long gone
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    How did a 2007 thread come back up? You'd think the problem was long gone
    Maybe that 20 minutes changed into 5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    How did a 2007 thread come back up? You'd think the problem was long gone
    Easy ... The solution has never been posted anywhere AFAIK. Now it has been and future searches will find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Easy ... The solution has never been posted anywhere AFAIK. Now it has been and future searches will find it.

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    Can one truly know the future ?
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