Hard to get into neutral, suzuki GZ 250

by ssilitonga
(San Francisco)

Hello ladies,

I got my M1 about 1 month a go, and I took the MSF course, and had professional instructor to teach me basic skills. Now my husband took over, and he's been taking me out for road trips. He leads, I follow, and it's been very very helpful. He's a great teacher. I bought a used Suzuki GZ250, overall it's in good condition. But I noticed that when the bike is warm, it's so hard to find neutral. I had to hold the clutch the whole time waiting for traffic lights. My instructor tried the bike before, my husband too, they all said the same thing...the neutral is tricky. When it's still cold, I have no problem. Anyone has this issue too? I tried moving the bike forward a bit, than back when I stop at traffic lights, but it's still very hard to find. Before I take it to the mechanic, maybe someone out there has the same bike and had this issue before? any tips would be much appreciated! Here's a pic of me with my black beauty =)

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Feb 22, 2012
I do need neutral
by: Anonymous

I need neutral when waiting for long traffic light or train to pass by. When I'm idling just waiting around to warm up my bike. So it's not a fuss, but it's nice to know that my bike can go to neutral when needed.

Feb 18, 2012
by: Anonymous

Why are you trying to get it in neutral? That makes no sense to stress out about something you should rarely need.

Feb 17, 2012
by: Anonymous

my friend adjusted my clutch lever. It was too tight. So just play around with the clutch lever. Good luck.

Feb 17, 2012
by: 2006GZ250

I have exactly the same problem! How exactly do you fix the clutch lever?? I need to do this to my bike asap, neutral sometimes is impossible to find.


Nov 23, 2011
by: Anonymous

as I'm sure you remember from your MSF course, you'll want to always park your bike in first gear, so finding neutral is only a problem during the second exercise in the MSF course.

Oct 30, 2011
Thanks for the advice
by: ssilitonga

Thanks for the advice.We fixed the clutch lever position(apparently it's too tight?) and now it gets into neutral no problemo!

Oct 15, 2011
shifting to neutral
by: MSF RiderCoach

We have six of them in the training fleet, and yes, they are all difficult once they get hot. Kind of the nature of the beast. Be sure that the clutch is correctly adjusted, and the oil is clean. ANY motorcycle transmission goes into neutral easier from 2nd gear going down than 1st going up. Try downshifting to neutral just before you actually stop, as they shift easier when moving. One of the things that puts you at a disadvantage is the control layout. Be sure that all the bolts are tight and that there is no slack in the linkage, this will really mess with pedal feel. Good luck, and you will get used to it...remember, it's finesse, not force.

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