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    Hard time getting into first some times.

    I just purchase my TW last week, it's a 2015 I purchased with 78 miles. The bike is fantastic, I wouldn't want any other bikes honestly; however, sometimes when I'm coming to a stop and I'm holding the clutch in to go down to first it wants to stay in neutral while I'm at a very slow roll or complete stop, after a few good pushes the neutral light goes off and I'm good to go. With that being said I get a little nervous with impatient cars behind me, perhaps I'm just not pushing it in hard enough or the bike needs broken in, any suggestions?

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    Featherthe clutch as you press down. This will rotate the tranny parts so that an engagment slot in the gear cluster lines up and the dogs engage.
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    Just stomp on the gear change lever some more, that's what I do. I've always thought the TW'S shifting was pretty weaksauce [probably cheap shift forks or drum or something?]. It doesn't have that positive feel when you shift like every other bike I've ridden. Sometimes I wonder 'did it shift? because i can't tell. well the rpm are lower so it must have shifted'. When I come to a stop, I always push down on the shifter a few extra times just in case I'm not in first. [I also spam the turn signal cancel button constantly and try to shift into sixth in the TW and seventh in the CBR nearly every time-you never know when one might have grown over night].
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    This is pretty common behavior for my TW's. I try to down shift through the gears when coming to a stop so I don't have to try and do it while the bike is at a standstill. It may also help if you rock the bike back and forth slightly while pressing the gearshift down into first. It is also a good idea to keep the bike in gear while you are at a stoplight so you can make a quick getaway if needed.

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    Your experiencing something normal for the TW, but...

    TWilight mentions what you should look for, especially if something is wrong.

    TW-Brian mentions what very nearly all of us experience on the TW.

    Also, if you're gonna park your TW and are trying to get it into neutral before shutting it off and are having difficulty, hit the kill switch just above the starter switch. With the engine off you will most likely find it will now easily shift into neutral.
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    Thanks everyone, I'm going to look into all of this after I ride home tonight. I've never had many issues with my Yamaha stuff but felt I needed to make sure this was the nature of the beast. I'll check my clutch release return spring and oil tonight. I believe I have some Yamalube at the house if it needs replenishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TW-Brian View Post
    This is pretty common behavior for my TW's. I try to down shift through the gears when coming to a stop so I don't have to try and do it while the bike is at a standstill. It may also help if you rock the bike back and forth slightly while pressing the gearshift down into first. It is also a good idea to keep the bike in gear while you are at a stoplight so you can make a quick getaway if needed.
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    I have a new 2015 as well. I downshift to first when coming to a stop and sometimes 1st is a little harder to get into sometimes with a nice clunk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWilight View Post

    Someone on here has a picture of THAT.

    IF indeed the clutch arm return spring is OUT of place, it takes about 13 seconds, and costs ZERO money to remedy this....so NO worries.
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    (just follow the clutch cable down to the engine, and make sure it looks like this - some of them come out of the factory without the spring sitting in that notch) ............
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    AND, when you get 1,500 to 2,000 miles on it, switch to full synthetic oil like Mobil 1 4T Racing 10w40. Both clutching and shifting action will benefit.
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