Congrats on the bike. Good choice. I can guarantee that you will have hours of fun and grow in your skill level with this bike. It's lightweight, nimble, peppy, and just plain nice looking. I also have the "neutral" issue so I talked with the mechanic at the dealership who commented that this bike seems to have that issue so don't feel it you...it's not you, it's the bike...lol. Just release the clutch a bit and the transmission will drop into first nicely. Have fun and keep the shiney side up.