have you checked all the basic stuff first like, adjust clutch, adjusting the position of the gear lever, for a more positive gear change, tighten up the chain, its worth trying before you get into engine/gearbox stuff, i've had 6 early blades, and a couple have had problems, from 1st to 2nd gear, by doing the above it sorted one, the other one had a crap 2nd gear so i just replaced the engine with a lower milage one(£300), works out a lot cheaper than gearbox repairs, the dealer wanted £550, to repair the gearbox.
The clutch seems adjusted properly, the chain and sprocket are new, I have changed the oil and filter. I will see if changing the lever position will work.
I found the service manual for my bike online in PDF and read thru that. I dont think its a gearing issue, because the problem is intermittent and the bike isnt popping out of gear.. its jsut having a gear selection issue... the service manual says that it could be the detent (shift arm return) spring.
This is what the bike does in a bit more detail
1. shifting from 1st to 2nd.. goes into neutral with no upshift ability, having to shift down to first again and retry 2nd.
2. Shifting from 1st to 2nd. lever clicks, but when I release the clutch the bike is still in first
3. shifting from 2nd to 3rd. lever clicks. stays in 2nd
again, the problem is intermittent
anyway, thanks for the help.
I guess I will find out. .
I would do the work myself, but all my tools are back in Canada, and Im in Australia. LOL