alright, everytime i turn the ignition on the 650S from a cold start, the bike just doesn't want to shift into neutral. the lever won't move for a few seconds like it's stuck or something. is this normal
I've had my oil to the top of the glass for about 3K now with no ill effects. Shifting is smooth all be it a bit notchy but I like that. Reason: I was told by some racers (here) that the oil level to the top of the glass will not hurt, if anything it helps a bit (cooling etc.), esspecially on the first gen with the oil pickup being foreward and low. Not sure on the 2nd gen.Six Chin Skinny said:-- Oil level at L to halfway between L and F when bike is level and oil is cold (before starting). Overfilled oil has a negative effect on shifting smoothness, especially when cold.
-- Right type of oil (as per manual); I have found heavy duty diesel (dino) oils such as Rotella 15-40 and synthetics provide slightly better cold shifting than standard non synthetic motorcycle oils. Car dino oils are the worst, YMMV.
-- Clutch adjustment (free play) is per manual specs so that clutch can fully engage. Make sure your pinky, signal housing, grip, etc. are not interfering with clutch lever travel.
-- Make sure your shift linkage is clean (thanks RandyO).
-- Start in neutral and allow 15-30 seconds of warm-up before trying to shift into first. Then take it easy on the RPMs and shifting for 1-2 minutes to allow the engine and oil to fully reach operating temperature.
-- On the first shift after starting, walk the bike forward so you are moving forward as you shift. This will smooth the shift into first.
-- Hard shifting is normal when the oil is cold.