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#1 May 25, 2013
Just purchased a new Bonneville T-100 and am having trouble with the transmission. A few times in the first 200 miles, I have put the tranny in neutral, with the green "N" light on, let out the clutch at a stop, and the bike lurches forward and stalls.
It seems to very difficult to get in neutral shifting up from first, and easier to get into going down from second, but I release the clutch very carefully now because I'm afraid it's still in gear even though the green neutral light is on. Is this a common quirk for the Bonnie or is there a problem with the linkage or what?
#2 Jun 19, 2013
Update! Had my 500 mile service done at the only local Triumph dealer. When I described the false neutral problem, he explained rather smugly, "when you get more used to the bike, you'll be able to SENSE when it's not really in neutral."
Sorry, but I've been riding Japanese bikes for 30 years and don't think I've ever missed neutral once when the light indicated neutral. Bad form, Triumph, it's not me, it's you! Well, at least it still looks really good.
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