Originally Posted by Deanohh
Don't hold the clutch in for a long time when in neutral. Just be idling in neutral with hand off the clutch.... Then pull clutch and a moment later push down to 1st with a firm quick stroke. It will clunk a little but that's normal.
The purpose of this is to get it to engage into 1st from neutral while the shaft is still turning a little. If you wait too long, the dogs may not be in a spot where they will drop in. When I do this all of about 40 bikes I've had always went right into 1st from N...every time. And if they clunk; it means nothing.