Thanks for the response, fishmac! There are also a couple other things I noticed. Sometimes, (haven't exactly figured out when, yet) when I'm trying to downshift as I slow down, it just grinds. It's possible that the false neutrals and that grinding are just me needing to get used to the clutch and shifter.
But also, the mirrors vibrate too bad for me to see anything out of them. Any suggestions?
I'll check the spark plugs, though the oil was changed already. Thanks so much!
I am by NO MEANS a motorcycle genious - especially when it comes to the Blast as we've owned one for exactly 48hrs now - ok, maybe 40hrs.
It felt like to me that the clutch / shifter combo is just a bit "less advanced" than what you might be used to if you ride another bike. My thought is that it's engineered that way to minimize damage (as these are the bikes that Harley uses for their "Riders Edge" Beginning Riders Course), but it doesn't lead to the most positive shifting in the world. It is possible that there's an adjustment that needs to be made, but it's pretty tough to diagnose anything without being near the bike. My recommendation though is to just make sure that you're really firm with it when you shift until you get used to it and find the happy medium.
As for the mirrors ... I noticed some of that too. On this bike, it really seems to depend upon the RPM. I'll play with ours a bit this morning (although it's supposed to be a high of only 44 and RAIN today
) and see what's up with it. My only recommendation with the mirrors (and it could help with the vibration in the handlebars) are HEAVIER HANDLEBAR ENDS (WEIGHTS). It's always been the trick for buzziness on inline fours, I would think it would help here too. BUT, before you make that change, I'd get a little more input. Because the "vibration" is different, heavier weights might make it worse, and maybe lighter ones would be in order (but I doubt it). I'd just hate to have you spending money for nothing (unless you get your chicks for free - a little Dire Straits reference ... Dammit! I might be showing my age there ... ).
I wish you luck with it! I'm running the wife's Sporty down to the HD dealership for service and my FZ6 is up at Fort McCoy, WI so I'm just gonna have to take the Blast out and see what she can do!
OK, did that. A couple of things ...
There are NO handlebar weights or ends. That pretty much rules out that option. One thing that I did notice though was that while I was riding, the vibration in the mirrors was reduced by my grip on the handgrips. If I used a firm grip, there was much less vibration than if I took my hands off them or had a loose grip.
Secondly ... Ours shifts pretty well ... again, firm shifting should get the job done. But except for moving between 1st and 2nd, there was no confusion as to what was happening. No grinding, just a positive "THUNK" of moving to the next gear.
I'd definitely at least call a dealership and explain these issues to a qualified service writer or mechanic. Again, since you got yours for a pretty good price, it might not be the worst thing to take her to a dealership and let them give her a once-over - call it the 1,000 mile check-up or something like that. It might cost between $200-$250, but if there's anything that can be adjusted, they'll make the fix.
Sorry I can't be more help.