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Have noticed that sometimes when I'm at a light and am in neutral and try shifting into 1st it's like the gear doesn't catch and as I take my foot off the shifter it goes back into neutral. Sometimes if this happens I have to roll forward a little and then it will click and then it shifts into 1st like usual. Is this normal? Is something lose? I have yet to learn the ins and outs if my bike and really need to. Thanks guys.
 

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Sounds fairly standard for Kawasaki's.
Can I ask why you put the bike in Neutral?
This does not allow you to quickly take off if something is happening behind you like a car locking up their brakes etc.
 

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So I take it's normal. I sometimes throw it into neutral so I can take my hand off the clutch to relax my hand and stretch it out. Sounds to me like that's the improper thing to do for safety reasons. I'm signed up to take the MSF course so that along with other safety tips I'm sure will be taught? But regardless I guess it is common sense.
 

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Yeah, every bike I have ridden has had something along those lines happen, so it may not just be a Kwakka trait.
Good to hear about the MSF course, glad to see people getting as much training as possible.
Good luck with it all.
 

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Yeah, every bike I have ridden has had something along those lines happen, so it may not just be a Kwakka trait. Good to hear about the MSF course, glad to see people getting as much training as possible. Good luck with it all.
Is it recommended to just stay in gear with the clutch in while at a light, instead of downshifting to neutral?
 

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Is it recommended to just stay in gear with the clutch in while at a light, instead of downshifting to neutral?
I always shift into neutral at a light because my clutch is much more firm than a 250 or 650. It can wear your hand out just holding it in for long periods of time. But I just put my bike in neutral at stoplights for comfort. I have had both bikes I've owned do what you've described. It's pretty normal behavior although it usually doesn't happen often. I just pop my foot two or three times on the shifter at a rapid pace and sometimes that works or just move your bike forward an inch or two and try to shift. The second method works every time but the first method is the quickest way but doesn't always work. Yet again all can be avoided by just leaving it in gear to begin with. It's all personal preference.
 

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I understand why you would leave the bike in gear but as trey sum said that will wear my hand out as the zx10 and the r6 both have heavy springs in them. I always stop and switch to neutral but not until the vehicle behind me sees I'm stopped and stops behind me

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Congrats on making the decision to take the MSF course. I really enjoyed that course-you will too.

As for being in neutral, I do it if the car behind me has already stopped behind me ... I do wait 10 sec or so, put in neutral until that light turns green. If traffics constant I stay in gear.


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