Can't Find the Neutral in the Gears

by Rene' J
(Lansing, Mi)

I just got a new 09 Honda Rebel for my 36th birthday a couple days ago, not to mention I have never driven a motorcycle before. A dear family friend of ours who has over 20 years experience of riding, he drove my bike with me on the back to my church parking lot. I cannot help but to hold the clutch in when I put on the brakes because I cannot stop over shifting neutral to second gear to coast. I push up soft, but it just double clicks into second. I know the gears and down shifting. I do not know why I keep passing by neutral and shifting up to second just to coast and lay off the clutch and brakes. I did very good with the slow figure eights in a tight area and shifting up and down, tight turns, but not the neutral to coast or idle. If you have had problems like this in the past or have an easier way for me to find that neutral without passing it, do not hesitate, my class is in two weeks. Any advice will be great, in the meantime, I am going to get road time in!

Thanks, Rene J

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Apr 20, 2010
Elusive Neutral
by: Scooterista

I have the same dang problem with my '08 Rebel. Seems like the only time I get it in neutral is when I'm trying to downshift into first when coming to a stop. Always so embarrassing to get that motionless rrrrROOOOM when the light turns green...

Practice is the only remedy I've discovered. BTW, you're doing great to be practicing BEFORE your MSF class. There will likely be folks there who've never ridden a manual trans bike before (like me before my class), so I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised by how well you do. Good luck!

Apr 12, 2010
Can't Find Neutral
by: Anonymous

Don't worry about finding neutral right now, it will come with time. For now pull that clutch in, shift all the way down to 1st gear, put your feet down, then lightly click one (1) gear up and your in neutral. at this point the clutch is your friend. The feel of where you are on are you gears will come with time, it is a feel.

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