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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-16-2018, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Finding neutral on Black Bobber

I have a brand new Bobber Black I just started riding. I am a new rider and perhaps this is a stupid question. I find it very hard to find neutral. Is this normal? Does it take a while to break it in and it becomes easier? Is this pretty normal on all bikes?
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It is a new bike thing, my Speedmaster is getting easier, but one of my issues is finding neutrals I don't want! So, when in first, don't do a normal gearchange up, do a "lazy" one. Conversely when changing first to second (where I find my neutral when cold) be "definite"... I don't mean kick the heck out of it, just nuance your move on the gear change.

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Finding neutral will get easier. You'll get the hang of it.

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Just wondering if adjusting the clutch/cable would help? And depending on your shoe size, maybe also adjusting the gear lever...?
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Yep switching neutral in bobber black is lottery, i have 8k km on odo and hitting neutral is worse than when it was new, so it wont get better.
This is first bike i have problems finding neutral, need to switch between 1st -2 snd gear multiple times to find neutral, even very light switch will jump over.
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I haven't noticed any problems on my new Black Bobber thus far.

That's not much help I know but just offered for perspective.

Although I do find the gearbox in general is clunky. I have to keep reminding myself to use the clutch when changing up, something I got into the habit of not doing on my V-Max as the gears were a little slick and I didn't need to use the clutch often, so got lazy.

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I also found switching oil (to Motul 300V) made a very positive difference to the gear change.
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My dealer uses Moutul 300V, probably will try Castor Power 1 Racing as Triumph recommends.
Gears change very nicely, so nicely that will jump over neutral.
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My dealer uses Moutul 300V, probably will try Castor Power 1 Racing as Triumph recommends.
Gears change very nicely, so nicely that will jump over neutral.
I have tried (back to back) 300V and Castrol Power 1 on my GSA.
I much preferred the 300V. So I look forward to hearing your findings once you’ve tried it.
The bike sounded better (much less “clattering” if you know what I mean) and had better gear changes with the 300V.
Even the BMW mechanic asked what i was using after he took it for a test ride - so he could buy some for his bike. That was a big compliment !
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2,300 miles on my Black , no issue with Neutral.

So far behind , I think I'm in first place.
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