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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-31-2018, 03:33 PM
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94SE..... hit that pesky unintentional neutral yesterday ...... ( downshifting while coming to a stop ). Started turning right from dead stop and..... oh **** not again ! Sure makes you pucker.😰
It's a dump. Done it twice (in parking lots) in years past on my 1200. Let clutch out, apply throttle, oh crap, step off.

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post #12 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-31-2018, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Honda should have designed the tranny so that it cannot snag neutral unintentionally on the fly while downshifting. Especially on a bike that weighs over 800 lbs I believe it is possible to design that feature into a gearset. That being said, I just dropped it today while trying to get underway on a soft uneven driveway !
Lucky it was mostly dirt as no damage was done and that my sister in law was there to help me yank it upright ......🤫
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post #13 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-01-2018, 07:26 AM
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Stoplight only 2 blocks from the house, where I turn right to get on the freeway (red turn arrow). One morning arrow turns green, I take off, "Oh, Drat, still in 3rd gear" and stall it starting the turn..... You can guess the rest. Tried to stop upright but right foot slipped in the springtime road corner sand and wound up under the front crash bar, protecting it from scratches!

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Times when this happened to me it was always my fault. Being gentle on the shifter when coming to a stop ended with finding neutral without knowing it. A proper firm operation of the shifter will ensure you end up in first gear.

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I'm still getting used to manuvering this tank at low speeds......it will eventually sink in.
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Robbie, what John said about slipping the clutch and dragging the brake with a little power helps, but you need to practice this in a parking lot with out cars so you get the hang of it. I have a 4 way stop close to my house that needs repair on the roads , it has holes and bumps and is a mess and I'm always just behind a few cars when I get there. Two up and the bike gets a mind of its own pulling up to this stop. It will follow the ruts and bumps and I have to hang on and keep control of the motorcycle. A GL 1500 is a load in rough roads or gravel and dirt. The bike is a handful at slow speed but she smooths out going down the road and I don't think there is a finer bike for me.
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As others have said, find an empty parking lot and practice. I took this advise a couple years ago when gents here were talking about turning around in the street or road. I could not do it but I can now without thinking about it. I'm on my 4th Goldwing and the current one is an 89 and it handles better than the previous 3. They are big and heavy but handle extremely well once you practice with them

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I'm still getting used to manuvering this tank at low speeds......it will eventually sink in.
Keep the weight low and the direction locked in and a GL handles like a dream.

In other words, stand on the pegs and look where you want to go.
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Whenever I come to a stop I ALWAYS hit the shifter with my toe enough times to make sure it is, indeed, in 1st gear. I'll usually hit it a few more times waiting for a green light, and usually once more as the light turns green. I don't think I've EVER been in the wrong gear coming away from a stop...
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Whenever I come to a stop I ALWAYS hit the shifter with my toe enough times to make sure it is, indeed, in 1st gear. I'll usually hit it a few more times waiting for a green light, and usually once more as the light turns green. I don't think I've EVER been in the wrong gear coming away from a stop...
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