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post #1 of 6 Old 03-25-2019, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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will not shift into neutral stopped at idle

my 86 will not shift into neutral or any other gear while stopped at idle, turn the bike off, turn key back on and it shifts smoothly into neutral. when riding it shifts into other gears just fine. any ideas whats wrong? clutch is adjusted correctly.

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-26-2019, 06:50 AM
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try rolling ahead or back slightly when shifting

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-26-2019, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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did some research, seems this is a common problem on rebels, so I am ok, I can live with it since that`s just the way it is and not something broke

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-26-2019, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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try rolling ahead or back slightly when shifting
thanks that worked

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-27-2019, 02:42 PM
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Clean the base of the shifter, specifically where the rod enters the engine. For some reason the build up affects fluidity in shifting gears and finding neutral.

Sounds crazy, but works.

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-27-2019, 07:36 PM
 
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I never shift into neutral except for when I am warming up the engine for the first time of the day. It stays in first at stoplights and when parked. But I have never had a shifting problem with any of my four Rebels. Rebels are often used as beginner bikes, and beginners can be awfully hard on transmissions, probably moreso than any other part of the bike. I have had new bikes that simply did not shift that well. Usually a slight blip of the throttle works wonders. It helps the gear dogs mesh.

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