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Struggling with gears when approaching junctions


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So, I've just taken delivery of my first bike, an LXR125, but I seem to be struggling with gearing when approaching junctions. I know how to change gear up and down, I think it's more to do with the procedure when approaching a junction or a set of lights.

So as an example, when I notice I have to slow down when coming up to a junction I apply the brakes and change down the gears in one go, let's say from 5th to 2nd without letting the clutch out in between, then slowly approach in 2nd. However, I seem to be stopping with it still in 2nd which means I'm trying to change to 1st when stationary. I assume this isn't correct but it feels more natural doing it this way.  1st gear really struggles to engage when stationary so there have been times when traffic is piling up behind me.

Any help on what the correct procedure is would be really helpful.

Thanks
Josh

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What you're doing sounds basically ok, except you need to flip down to 1st just before or as you come to a stop.

 

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I would tend to go down the gears more progressively but if you're going from 5th to 2nd and the bike isn't easy to slip into first when stationary then either as @bonio says and go into 1st before you come to a halt, or take a look at the clutch adjustment. Some bikes are just harder to find 1st than others, but in general you ought to be in 1st when stationary with the bike angled to any possible escape route should the car behind you fail to stop. Therefore going into 1st before coming to a complete stop is a safer way to ride. 

 

Taking this a bit further, a common mistake novice riders make is to sit in the middle of the lane in neutral at lights. Say the car following isn't slowing down - you've then got to find a gear and try to get out of the way. Not easy. Say the vehicle in front is a lorry or van - they don't know you're there if you're in the middle of the lane. So try to be in the line of the driver's mirror, be in 1st, have bike aimed to any empty bit of road you can dive into if need arises.

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A lot bikes just won't go into first when they're stopped, or at least they'll only do with after a a lot of faff. Mine are all like that. 

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Remember if it's a new bike too everything takes a bit of time to settle in. Not knocking your lexmoto but its only as good as the person who put it together. The correct oils can make a difference too. Might be worth getting to know your bike by doing oil changes and some maintenance yourself 

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Thanks all for the comments. I feel a bit more reassured now.

I understand Lexmoto's seem frowned upon by the biking community so I did wonder if it's just poor parts but everything else seems sweet.....for now🤞

 

I'll head out later this evening while the roads are quiet and see if I can do any better.

 

Thanks again

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On 20/07/2021 at 19:48, fullscreenaging said:

I think 125’s are a pain in the arse to get into 1st full stop. 
I only rode a 125 for a day while doing my DAS. I hated it. 

Can't say I agree.y Suzuki gsxs125 gearbox is smooths as you like. Never had any problems at all

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Update - Went out last night and things were a lot better. The travel on the clutch is further than I expected so once I got used to that it knocked into 1st much easier. 

 

It's going to take some more time to get used to though and a few more trips out on the road. 

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