Join Date: May 2013
Location: Springfield, MO USA
I have only had my gear box really "bang" into gear if I am revving it a little, pull the clutch, tap down into 1st and "bang"...seems normal. 1st seems to do that on every bike.
I have "missed" 2nd and gone into Neutral instead only because I did a lazy lift on the gear change...try rocking your foot up a bit more, and harder. Seems 1st to 2nd takes a but more effort than the rest, likely because those cogs have further to travel then the rest of the gear changes and they are spinning slower, too.
Personally I will NEVER just use the brakes and "coast" in with 4th gear. I will always blip the throttle all the way down to 2nd gear and use the friction zone to help slow me down, along with steady front brake and some rear brake, too (not too much). I also am not a huge fan of using 1st to stop, unless its lower speeds. 1st seems too low, thats why I use 2nd...
Like CBR Dave said, at stop lights if you find yourself in higher gears for whatever reason the harder you hit down on the lever the better it seems (dont stomp thru the lever tho dude)
Honestly this gearbox seems solid in my opinion, its using the same style box as the 600RR...always keep count of your gears and you will be a happy camper...remember engine braking is yo' friend!!
Hope this helps, but if you think there is a major issue...TAKE IT TO HONDA! Lol, its called a manufacture warranty and power-train is def covered!
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