Difficulties Engaging Neutral

Many owners have reported difficulties in selecting neutral while the engine is running and the bike is at rest.  This is a very annoying habit of the gearbox which, fortunately, appears to improve with time and usage.  There has apparently been a slight redesign in later selectors, maybe only for the 750 which shares a common gearbox design, which goes a long way towards correcting this problem.  Most owners will soon perfect the technique of selecting neutral as they are still coming to a halt.  Another solution, and one which I myself sometimes use is lower town stop/start traffic, is to kill the engine, select neutral and restart the motor.  On a hot motor I figure that there is not much strain on the battery doing this, but I still try and avoid it if at all possible.

Gear Change Lever Return Spring

A fault that has been reported a number of times is breakage of the gear change lever return spring.  This apparently has an unreasonably high failure rate, with some higher mileage owners reporting having had two or three breaking over the time they're owned their machines.  Fortunately the spring that breaks is reasonably accessible through the left hand side engine cover and thus easily replaced without having to remove the gear selector mechaism.  In fact, it is even possible to replace it without first draining the engine oil, if you are careful enough.  Siegfried Haas has this to say:-

"Demount left side of fairing. If you lean the bike to the right side, you can keep the oil in the engine (already discussed on the list a few days ago...). Demount left oil cooler from the frame and gear shift lever from the axle. Open ignition pick up box and demount rotor. Demount left engine cover. That is all. No problem! Marnix remarked to be careful with the sealing of the cover so it can be used a second time. That's right of course."

It would seem that the failure is due to metal fatigue.  It has been pointed out that the spring is the same as that used in the old 750's of the 70's, and they don't experience anywhere near the level of problems as the newer bikes.  Whatever the reason, fortunately it is reasonably easily rectified.

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