Brand new rider (900 miles & going up fast finishing my 3rd week of being licensed). I bought a 2008 Rebel 250 with 1200 miles on it, OEM build, no mods. Good deal, clean bike under $1700 - couldn't pass it up, bought it unridden by me as it was a lucky find in my area after returning from living in Germany. Nothing in my interactions with the owner & reasons for selling where on the up & up. Overall, my experience has been good with it.
Noticing an issue shifting from 2nd to 3rd and not sure if it is me, my steel toed boots or the Rebel as this is a pretty "busy" time in the ride (getting up to speed, turning off the blinkers, reorienting after a stop or turn or both, getting used to 4 points controlling (hands & feet), etc.)
This much I know, unlike every other gear shift which is crisp & obvious with a noticeable click heard & felt, 2nd to 3rd "misses" regularly. Let out the clutch, I'm still in 2nd. I get up to speed pretty quickly, not overly hesitant as a new driver to get going, but also don't have a death wish either.
My noob sense so far is I'm not pushing the recommended (as per the spedo markings for gears) "redline" on this gear shift, but as it's "busy" now, I'm not looking at the Spedo either. And my foot placement is a bit of an unknown here too... still a noob rider.
If I'm pushing it, I've noticed 3rd to 4th & 4th to 5th can tend to sync in the shift without requiring the entire clutch or only using a "light clutch". That's the same sensation as in my 5 speed Tacoma when the speed & gear shift is matching up.
I'd appreciate any feedback or thoughts... is this generally how the Rebel is, noob-rider issue, footwear, other ideas (or thread links to similar), clutch needs adjustment, etc.
I'm wanting to upgrade already to a new 500 :P and going to let my GF use this as her first bike too.
Thanks a lot!