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    i've recently had trouble getting my tlr into neutral at a stop. it will go in fine while i'm rolling or the engine is off. the only time it won't go right in is after i've come to a stop and i'm still in gear.

    the bike has just over 1000 miles and i've completed the first oil change. nothing unusual has been done to the bike (yet ) i spoke with the local suzuki dealership and the service manager said that maybe the idle is too high; i've adjusted to the lower end of the spectrum and i'm still having trouble finding neutral. i took it to the shop and they test rode it and said it wasn't too unusual for this to happen while it's breaking in.

    does anybody have any ideas about what's wrong? sorry for the long message.

    andy

  • #2
    Sounds like clutch drag, that's all, especially if you have no troubles rolling or engine off. No doubt it will get better with age.

    What sort of oil did you put in it? Thick oil will make it difficult too (more clutch drag).

    You probsbly gert a decent clunk when shifting from neutral to 1st to yes?
    "I spent most of my money on Scotch, women and cigarettes. The rest I just wasted"

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    • #3
      yeah, definately a good clunk. it seems as if the shifting has gotten "noticher", for lack of a better term. i replaced the oil with a synthetic based oil. the weight is the same as factory. wouldn't you think that the problem would get better as the oil gets hotter? it doesn't get better even when the bike gets hot. thanks for the info, though.

      andy

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      • #4
        I know it is early days, but perhaps a bleed of the clutch line is needed.
        "I spent most of my money on Scotch, women and cigarettes. The rest I just wasted"

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        • #5
          I don't know if this will help but I had the same thing on my Kat. I did the first service myself and used synthetic oil and about 50-100 miles after that I couldn't find neutral and would clunk into first and then clunk into second. I went home and changed the oil again to conventional and test rode it and it was fine. I was using Ams-oil synthetic 10w-40.
          Last edited by Speedy2b; 08-02-2003, 08:38 AM.

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          • #6
            so people are running straight dino oil (i mean non-synthetic or synthetic blend) and having no problems? i'd be willing to try. i'm sure that there is a oil thread but since i'm already replying, i'm going to ask: does anyone use regular automobile oil? i know that there is much discussion about this. i don't want to start a war, just wondering. thanks!

            andy

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            • #7
              I wouldn't say automotive oil per say. I just used the conventional Honda 4 oil. After I had this happen to me I have read many posts regarding the exact same situation. I would give it a try before I would take it to the Stealer.

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              • #8
                i'm going to try just normal non-synthetic "motorcycle specific" oil from my local cyclegear. hopefully that will clear up the problem. thanks everyone.

                andy

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