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post #11 of 32 Old 07-22-2015, 10:30 PM
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The Finding neutral problem was the first thing I faced when I first bought my bike. I learned the best and fastest way to get Into Neutral was A slight touch from second. Goes in every time running or not.

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post #12 of 32 Old 07-23-2015, 11:47 PM
 
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I think it is just a quirk of the Rebel. I have 4 other bikes--3 Hondas and a '85 Yamaha XJ700 and all of them shift into neutral smoothly anytime. I personally think the Rebel clutch is the culprit. Can't imagine why Honda doesn't fix it.

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post #13 of 32 Old 09-05-2015, 10:32 PM
 
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I had a hard time finding neutral on my rebel, just got it three weeks ago, I thought it was normal. Then I had a shifting issue all together. I took apart the shifter pivot point and cleaned and lubricated it. Now it shifts and goes into neutral easily.
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post #14 of 32 Old 09-06-2015, 01:03 AM
 
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There is a needle bearing in the front sprocket cover where the sifter shaft comes out that needs to be cleaned and lubed as well.

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post #15 of 32 Old 09-06-2015, 11:59 PM
 
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I'm glad I picked up on this thread. I was wondering why my 250 Rebel had issues shifting into neutral. This answered my concerns. I also appreciated the comment about the 450 Rebel shifting with a defining clunk. I was wondering why my 450 made so much more noise shifting than my 250. Good to know everything is as it should be.

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post #16 of 32 Old 09-23-2015, 11:19 AM
 
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My Rebel (3800 miles) doesn't shift as smoothly as my Honda 750 or Yamaha XJ700. However, I have found that if I snap rev it just a little it helps it go into neutral. But generally I go to neutral before stopping. Since this is a common long running issue with the Rebel I'm somewhat surprised that Honda hasn't fixed it.

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post #17 of 32 Old 03-01-2016, 12:34 AM
 
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Same! I just got a 2009 250 and I can never find neutral going up from 1st only down from 2nd.
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post #18 of 32 Old 03-01-2016, 08:41 PM
 
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Same! I just got a 2009 250 and I can never find neutral going up from 1st only down from 2nd.
That is not uncommon, what ever works for you!

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I only find neutral when I'm leaving 1st to find 2nd going up a slight incline lol.
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post #20 of 32 Old 06-11-2019, 11:57 AM
 
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I find it easier to find neutral from second gear.

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