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Hi, I just bought my first bike - a 2005 Honda Rebel with 3,300 miles. Everything works great, the only trouble I'm having is finding neutral on the bike.

I've only tried when stopped, but it seems impossible to get to it. I know it's a half click between 1st and 2nd gears, but whenever I shift up it goes straight to 2nd gear, no matter how light I press up.

Is there a trick to getting it into neutral- such as by moving the bike or playing with the clutch- or is there something wrong with my bike?

Thanks!
 

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Sometimes its difficult to get a bike into neutral when stopped. I'd try moving the bike forward a tad and trying. If that doesn't work, move it forward, release the clutch just until it starts to grab, then pull it back in and try again.
 

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I have a 2009 Rebel with the same isse as well and I do regret buying this bike. If I have known there was an neutral issue I would have bought a Kawi Ninja 250. The ninja does not have this half click **** which does not work properly. Major regret.
 

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replied in your other thread, but basically the same as what primalmu says. I've got the Vulcan 500, which is essentially the same set up as the Ninja 500 and do at times have this issue with neutral. It happens. If you think its a mechanical adjustment needed have it checked under warranty.
 

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ALL bikes can have this issue, even Kawasakis with their positive neutral finder system. It just takes some practice. Once you get the hang of it you won't think twice about it.
 

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Sometimes its difficult to get a bike into neutral when stopped. I'd try moving the bike forward a tad and trying. If that doesn't work, move it forward, release the clutch just until it starts to grab, then pull it back in and try again.
What he said...sometimes its a feel thing, other times you may want to get the bike in neutral before you come to a complete stop.
 

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I road the Yamaha V-star and neutral was so easy to find. At dead stop the shfting was so easy. There's hardly any guess.
 

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I was getting taught on a Rebel 250cc.. I was having the same problem, where I couldn't find Neutral from 1st gear for the life of me (when stopped).. However, for some reason if I went up to second and a 1/2 click down, it was easy to find.. Weird.
 

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Just ease the clutch out a hair, and push the the bike forward a smidgen while slowly lifting with as little pressure possible.

Don't change oil trying to make it work either, and don;t use an oil with any additives, this can ruin your clutch plates.
 

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We had a girl in my MSF on a rebel that was having trouble with it. Turns out that it needed a little mechanical adjustment done to it. Luckily the guy teaching the course had been a motorcycle mechanic for 30 years. He fixed it very quickly.
 

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Solution

I had the same problem finding neutral on my wife's '05 Rebel with 2700 miles on it. Almost regretted buying the bike. After trying many suggested "fixes", extensive research and experimentation I finally fixed the "finding neutral problem". The solution is to replace the clutch friction plates. I bought aftermarket friction plates on eBay. They worked perfect. Now the bike pops into neutral perfectly and very easily with no problems. I suspect Honda received defective clutch friction plates from their supplier in late '04 through '05 but they kept their mouth shut about it.

Also the shifting is much smoother through the gears and the idle-in-gear(clutch in) creeping is gone.

Brent
 

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Do your rebels kick when going in to first? My rebel used to slam into first if I was to light on the shifter, and would ease in if I used more pressure.
 

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Sometimes I have trouble getting into neutral on my Virago. If I'm parking it and am having a hard time, I shut the motorcycle off then shift into neutral
 

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I had the same problem finding neutral on my wife's '05 Rebel with 2700 miles on it. Almost regretted buying the bike. After trying many suggested "fixes", extensive research and experimentation I finally fixed the "finding neutral problem". The solution is to replace the clutch friction plates. I bought aftermarket friction plates on eBay. They worked perfect. Now the bike pops into neutral perfectly and very easily with no problems. I suspect Honda received defective clutch friction plates from their supplier in late '04 through '05 but they kept their mouth shut about it.

Also the shifting is much smoother through the gears and the idle-in-gear(clutch in) creeping is gone.

Brent
Did you have to change the clutch disks as well? Please provide link to the clutch plates. Thanks.
 

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What you'll need.

1. You'll need the special socket for the "honda" nut that holds the clutch together.

This is the one I bought. Ebay item number 220426094264 (just copy and past this number into ebay search)

2. I also bought EBC brand clutch plates on ebay. Ebay item number 300258166370

3. You'll also need to rig up something to hold the clutch basket still while you loosing the clutch nut. I rigged up a tool with some scrap metal I had lying around. If you want a pic of my homemade tool maybe I can send it to you. Apparently this forum wont let me post links or pics until I have reached 15 posts.

4. About the clutch nut, some say it should not be reused, but another dealer said its ok to put it back on. I put it back on and again, 1 year later no problem. Just make sure you set it to factory torque specs.

I've been using Motul Synthetic oil only because it was recommended as a remedy for the finding neutral/shifting problem , though it don't fix the problem, I wasn't about to throw it out since it cost $12 a quart. I'm using it even though it EBC recommends against it. I have not noticed any problems in over a years of drive. If anything the shifting would be even smoother with synthetic oils.
 
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