Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Walnut Creek, CA, USA
Locked out of Neutral
I recently purchased a 2008 K1200 GT with 5K miles on it - found it in Kentucky and rode it home to California in early October. In the last month, the bike has become almost impossible to shift into neutral from either 1st or 2nd gear - it seems to freeze and then with excessive force, pop up or down a gear, missing neutral. Neutral is quite easy to find when the bike is moving, as when I am approaching a stop light, but impossible when I have come to a halt, like when I have pulled into my garage or a parking space while in 1st or 2nd. Shifting while driving is very smooth and easy - better since I got an oil change at 7,800 miles and got the newly specified synthetic oil. My local shop does not know what is causing it. They agree it rides fine, and shifts fine, except for finding neutral. Clutch seems to be working normally.
Has anyone had this problem and/or know what to do about it? Would like some ideas before my local shop runs amok looking for problems.