XR4 Transmission is Dropping out of neutral to 1st

Help my bike is haunted and is trying to kill me! It did its trick on Sunday while I was sitting at a stop light. I was just sitting there and it dropped out of neutral into first; it felt like I was rear ended as I nearly lurched out into oncoming traffic. Other than that, the transmission is works fine.

Suggestions as to a cause as well as a fix would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

RH

Does your shift lever "return to center" after shifting? It could be the centering spring, or a badly worn shift fork. You only have to pull the side case to check the return spring and detent mechanism. Beyond that, it's time to split the cases.

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