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Thread: New GSA Rider question about shifting - '13 R1200GSA

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    New GSA Rider question about shifting - '13 R1200GSA

    I just got my first BMW 2013 GSA and I have had it about a week. When I was riding today I was having a hard time finding 1st gear from neutral after coming to a stop at a red light etc. Just wondering if anyone has experienced this or if its me and I just need to get used to the bike. I have about 100 miles on it right now.
    Last edited by deilenberger; 10-05-2013 at 06:45 PM.

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    Common issue among new beemer riders. When you pull in the clutch the transmission stops spinning. The beemer setup with dry clutch and separate transmission stops spinning sooner than many other bikes. Unless it happens stop in exactly the right spot the shift dogs won't align and you won't be able to get the bike into first. The solution is simple... don't give the transmission a chance to stop before shifting into first. Pull in the clutch and near simultaneously depress the shift lever. It will soon become habit.

    Until it becomes habit you can easily get the bike into first by lightly feathering the clutch as you gently depress the shift lever. Once the bike slips into gear you can pull the clutch in again... or give it more gas and take off.

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    A bozo on the bus deilenberger's Avatar
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    Hi - I'm moving this to the correct forum - which would be hexhead/camheads.. and adding some bike info to the title.

    Hang on.. and please keep your fingers and tootsies inside the browser frame for your safety and protection! Wait for the thread to stop moving before attempting to exit it.
    Don Eilenberger
    Spring Lk Heights NJ NJ Shore BMW Riders
    '12 R1200R - I love this bike!

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    An alternative to easing out the clutch as you shift into first is to roll the bike as you shift into first. It does not matter if things turn from the engine end or the wheel end. It will shift into first easily as long as something is turning.
    2005 R1200RT (It's new to me!)
    Northern Virginia, USA
    If you are not continuously learning, you are slowly getting bored.

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    Registered User Travman's Avatar
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    Marietta, GA
    Double clutch while in neutral, works every time. Over the last 3 years, this has been so ingrained that I do not even think about it anymore. Pull clutch, let it out, pull again and shift to first.
    "Not all who wander are lost"

    2014 R1200GS Adv Blue
    2011 R1200RT Ostra Grey - gone

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