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A question caused me to wonder why

Neutral is between 1st & 2nd gear on most motorcycles. Curiosity and not being able to think led me to google. Made perfect sense when I read this.
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...nkFxTa_6M1OsLD
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seems LOGICAL TO ME!!!!!!!!!


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Im not smart enough to understand why neutral is not all the way up or all the way down. I think it has to be easier to build a smaller transmission. If the answer is in the article I didnt see it. There is nothing about safety as in emergency I squeeze the clutch, front brake and foot brake simultaneously. I and nobody bothers with the gear. Then from stand still hit the shifter down a few times till you get in the first gear.
In the case the neutral would be all the way down , the light comes on when in the neutral so just move the shifter up one notch. Besides that Dave has no use for the first gear
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The answer is in the article, and the Feds said ' in an emergency downshifting situation, the bike would always end up in 1st gear, not neutral...


this will negate an inattentive rider from being unable to escape a bad situation because the bike will be 'in gear' and ready to go.


I somehow, seem to end up at the stop lights in 5th gear once in a while
the 1800 just chugs right on across the crossing and I hit 4th gear and fly away.
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The answer is in the article, and the Feds said ' in an emergency downshifting situation, the bike would always end up in 1st gear, not neutral...


this will negate an inattentive rider from being unable to escape a bad situation because the bike will be 'in gear' and ready to go.


I somehow, seem to end up at the stop lights in 5th gear once in a while
the 1800 just chugs right on across the crossing and I hit 4th gear and fly away.
This would make sense in a very steep hill where you dont want to be caught under power. Other than that I dont buy it. At all stops Im in neutral and the theory that you could evade a guy hitting you from behind is a myth.

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Don't know who made it but do you remember Bridgestone motorcycles, sold by JC Penny? I think it was Italian. A friend had one when we were kids. I was the go to guy back then and he wanted me to ride it for something I can't remember. Anyway it had neutral all the way down, or up. I took off on it and shifted through the gears, shifted up again and thought I hit a false neutral so shifted up again and was in first, it sure did scream when I let the clutch out.
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Between 1962 till '65 I've had a Gilera 150 cc, it's Argentinian made of Italian origen bike, it has right side gearshift 1st up 2nd, 3rd and 4th down. Later on they made other models "175 cc" "200 cc" etc, but all of them right shifted.

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Don't know who made it but do you remember Bridgestone motorcycles, sold by JC Penny? I think it was Italian. A friend had one when we were kids. I was the go to guy back then and he wanted me to ride it for something I can't remember. Anyway it had neutral all the way down, or up. I took off on it and shifted through the gears, shifted up again and thought I hit a false neutral so shifted up again and was in first, it sure did scream when I let the clutch out.
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