Originally Posted by rbabos
What is it about second gear that it makes a crunchy shifting sound , where the rest don't. Usually from first to second. Can't put my finger on it but it seems this gear is built differently in some way, ratio's , dogs, not sure what. Bike is 2013 DX. Did this from day one and only at certain speeds coming out of first. Works fine just has that mini grind shift engagement.
I've had the same complaint about my '04 B since day one. I mentioned it at every service and always got the same answer, "there's nothing wrong, that's just how it is". Recently it started giving me trouble downshifting into first and I found that the shift lever was binding up on the footpeg shaft. Even after taking it apart and cleaning it, the plastic bushings were very tight on the shaft. I honed out the the bushings a little so the shaft would spin freely inside and lubed it up, now it shifts like I always wanted it to. No more "stumbling" or "crunching" from 1st into 2nd gear, no more more issues finding neutral from 1st or 2nd.
I've had this lever/shaft apart a couple times over the years, but I never paid much attention to how tightly it fit together. It might not be the source of your trouble, but if so, it's a quick fix. I wish I had figured this out about 75k ago...