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post #11 of 21 Old 10-16-2015, 08:17 PM
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I have the same problem with my 10' zed, but only when the engine is cold like in the first 5 minutes or so of riding, after the rpms have settled down to normal temperature levels i can shift to neutral easily if i want when coming to a stop, but normally i prefer to keep the bike in first gear at the lights.
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Changed my oil today and my trans feels a lot better. No more issues finding neutral and shifts better.

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What oil did you have, and what did you switch to?

This points more towards a dry clutch issue vs a real oil problem. WHY? How about this?

Notice when you pour oil in. At that point, oil pours in, right on top of the clutch.
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I was running yamalube 10-40 since yamaha is just down the road from me. But now that break in is over I switched to Rotella T6 5-40

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I was running yamalube 10-40 since yamaha is just down the road from me. But now that break in is over I switched to Rotella T6 5-40

Why 5-40? I run 10-40 in everything I own. Just curious. Maybe its a cooler on avg where you live. Here heat protection is usually a bigger concern than how well an engine self lubricates at "cold" temps.


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Because that's the only weight they sell T6 in.

We go from the single digits to 110 degrees every year. Lots of people run T6 without issue and it's cheaper/easier to get than mobil 1 4T so I figured I'd give it a shot.

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I've heard this about T6 too. Will try that next oil change. ...just purchased Yamalube - right down the road here too (5 mins)

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I ran into an issue for the first time today. I was in 1st at a light and wanted neutral. It went straight to second instead of hitting the positive neutral finder.

I put it back in first, tried again and it went straight to second again. So I was like WTF?!?! Put it back in first, eased the clutch out some to bog the engine against the brakes.

Pulled the clutch back in, shifted up again and hit the PNF and it stayed in neutral. I guess sometimes it hangs and doesn't do it's thing. Roll it a little with the clutch and it should work for you.
Is there any chance for PNF to be broken or something ? Because for with my gen 3 it's not difficult to find neutral if you don't press to hard up from first , but if give a little more push nothing stops me to go to second gear . To be honest I never felt PNF do it's job , I'm just trying to smoothly go up to neutral my self.
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I ran into an issue for the first time today. I was in 1st at a light and wanted neutral. It went straight to second instead of hitting the positive neutral finder.

I put it back in first, tried again and it went straight to second again. So I was like WTF?!?! Put it back in first, eased the clutch out some to bog the engine against the brakes.

Pulled the clutch back in, shifted up again and hit the PNF and it stayed in neutral. I guess sometimes it hangs and doesn't do it's thing. Roll it a little with the clutch and it should work for you.

Is there any chance for PNF to be broken or something ? Because with my gen 3 it's not difficult to find neutral if you don't press to hard up from first , but if give a little more push nothing stops me to go to second gear . To be honest I never felt PNF do it's job , I'm just trying to smoothly go up to neutral my self.

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i have gen 4 that little hard to change from 1st gear to neutral comparing to yamaha fz8
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