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2009/07/22 21:47:59 (permalink)

Motorbike question...

Just bought myself a 125 motorbike... and for some reason when I slow down and stop, and hold the clutch in, I can't seem to get it into neutral, it's supposedly half a click up from first, but when I try, it goes into second.. just wondering if anybody has any ideas how to remedy this? Also, I know you're kind of expected to wear leathers, but what are the alternatives? I'm a vegetarian, you see. Cheers much!
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    Re:Motorbike question... 2009/07/22 21:54:17 (permalink)
    alot of bikes can be tricky to get into neutral, and there are a few things that can make it worse, but often its just the way that it is, and even for people than have been riding years it can take a couple of attempts to get it into neutral.

    hard to say if its a problem without trying it myself but if its really difficult/impossible then possible causes would be-

    the clutch is dragging and either needs adjusting or attention (quite unlikely tho)  another possibility is the detent spring/ball or notch is getting worn, so rather than the selector drum holding in the neutral position its jumping from one gear to another.

    depending on the bike it can be anything from a few hours, to a complete engine out and strip down to sort out.

    but most likely, you just need practice at it lol
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    Re:Motorbike question... 2009/07/22 21:55:59 (permalink)
    Worn front sprocket.
    Over-tight chain.
    Clutch drag from tired springs or badly-adjusted cable (if not a fluid clutch).
    Selector drum wearing.
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    Re:Motorbike question... 2009/07/22 21:58:19 (permalink)
    just a quick tip, but often easier to get neutral from second, where you can just tap the leaver down, rather than lifting it up.

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    Re:Motorbike question... 2009/07/22 21:59:25 (permalink)
    Used to go into neutral from second on all my 125s - tap it in before you actually need to be in it.
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    Re:Motorbike question... 2009/07/22 22:02:00 (permalink)
    Cheers, guys. It's quite an old bike... a CB125TDE Superdream :P. All the other gears work fine and it's in good condition, it's just this I have a problem with... And if anyone has an answer to my other question, that'd be cool. Again, much appreciate the advice, guys.
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    Re:Motorbike question... 2009/07/22 22:12:30 (permalink)
    alternatives to leathers, there are loads mate.  i used to ride in jeans, though i did have a leather jacket.

    go to any decent clothing shop, and they will have a good range of fabric jackets and trousers.  actually the fabric ones will look more appropriate given the bike your riding, and they are a load more comfortable.

    you can also get kevlar reinforced denim jeans, i have a pair and they are great.  Ive also tested them on a road a few years ago, i had all my skin, unlike the pair of regular jeans i tested a few years earlier!

    The kevlar ones arent going to give you any rain protection though, so if your going to commute, i would suggest the decent fabric 2 piece sets, of a decent fabric jacket, and a cheapish one piece waterproof suit
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    Re:Motorbike question... 2009/07/22 22:25:00 (permalink)
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    Cheers, guys. It's quite an old bike... a CB125TDE Superdream :P. All the other gears work fine and it's in good condition, it's just this I have a problem with... And if anyone has an answer to my other question, that'd be cool. Again, much appreciate the advice, guys.


    It's based on an ancient engine and box design - 10bhp of four stroke comedy.

    I owned a CM125 (rofl) about 20 years back with the same lump in it - they are notorious for not getting neutral.
    Pop the front sprocket cover off - think you need to disconnect the gear linkage and take a look at the front sprocket (they cost about a fiver).
    Odds on it's that mate.
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