My name is Morne. Ive recently bought myself a Yamaha XR350 1997. I have never ridden a big bike before, always just small automatics. Mostly this was the sort of tourist bikes you get in Greece on Thailand etc.
So Im not sure how things work here exactly, but Im going to probably ask quite a few questions through the course of time.
Starting off with something that happened last night on a training ride. I rode for probably 20km and was just around the corner from home. I turned onto a small street and accelerated quite mildly and shifted into second. Again accelerated mildly. I wasnt going fast and the revs was not really high. I dont know what I did but I accidentally shifted the bike back to first without using the clutch.
I did not notice anything wrong as I shifter back to 2nd and on to 3rd. After about 300 meters I arrived home. I put the stand out and tried to select neutral. But neutral was gone and still is. I tried quite a few times.
It seems like it might be going from 1st to 2nd. It does not matter how lightly or carefully I tried to shift it, it does not go to neutral.
So I guess my obvious question is, could I have done a bit of damage to the bike with my downshift, or is ther possibly something im not thinking about?