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Old 05-18-2013, 09:18 PM
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Sounds like a silly topic but seriously. I have owned multiple non Harley motorcycles, never had such a hard time finding neutral. Its not a huge issue but sometimes I tap and up click 6 plus times to get my 2012 street glide to find neutral. What is the deal? I feel like I need the finesse of a ballet dancer to get it to go in. I was told this is normal for a new Harley but I'm now going on 3200 miles and it still takes a magic trick to find neutral. Any comments are welcome. Even you smart asses lol.
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Sounds like a silly topic but seriously. I have owned multiple non Harley motorcycles, never had such a hard time finding neutral. Its not a huge issue but sometimes I tap and up click 6 plus times to get my 2012 street glide to find neutral. What is the deal? I feel like I need the finesse of a ballet dancer to get it to go in. I was told this is normal for a new Harley but I'm now going on 3200 miles and it still takes a magic trick to find neutral. Any comments are welcome. Even you smart asses lol.
It takes some practice, but it's really not that hard. When you have down shifted down to First and it seems you can't find neutral, what I do is let the bike go forward some while releasing the clutch. I can feel it in my words, (set in).. Then I can up shift to neutral. Hopefully this makes sense.
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Very common until 1st service at 5k. I switched to Mobil 1 V-Twin 20W-50 Synthetic at 5k (everyone uses what pleases them) and problem went away. Hope the same for you.
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It takes some practice, but it's really not that hard. When you have down shifted down to First and it seems you can't find neutral, what I do is let the bike go forward some while releasing the clutch. I can feel it in my words, (set in).. Then I can up shift to neutral. Hopefully this makes sense.
Hmmm...I will have to try that. I have over 40K and I recently changed the primary chain tensioner to the Hayden M6. Before, I had no trouble finding neutral, now it is almost impossible. I have adjusted the clutch several times, to no avail. Most times I get frustrated and just shut it down and deal with it then. I can find it fairly easily once the engine is shut down.
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Neutral is easier to find on any Harley, if some sort of movement or vibration is occurring. I once joked with the service manager at the Harley dealership we worked at because a customer made issue out of this. His reply was, "rev it a little, kick it or try farting"..lol..
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What works for me (sometimes) is rev the motor while in 1st and as the Rs comedown try for nutral.
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Its easier when you are rolling. If I need to be in neutral, I try to do it before I stop.
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Its easier when you are rolling. If I need to be in neutral, I try to do it before I stop.
Good point, why do u need to be in neutral anyway? I'll bet the OP needs brakes too.
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Very common until 1st service at 5k.
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Yes, it takes some practice. Mine can still be a bit tricky but I can eventually find it.

For LeFat1 - I need to find neutral when I get to my work. I have to swipe my ID card across a card reader, which is on my left, to get the gate to open. Kinda hard to do (impossible) holding the clutch in. So the OP may have a very valid reason for needing to go to neutral. Just sayin.......
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