Some reds are longer than others and when I am at one of the longer lights I may put it in neutral. However, when I turn the bike off, for whatever reason, I do put it in neutral. The first gear selection issue doesn't happen all the time but it has happened more on this bike than on any other I have owned. I have rolled it forward and backward then gotten first but I was curious to see if this happens with any regularity to anyone else.Do you actually select neutral after you have stopped?
I do the same thing, best method IMHO, just give 'er a little rollI've always been in the habit of switching to first gear before stopping, then lift into neutral if the light is going to be a minute. I've never had an issue shifting back into first to take off.
It's an alignment thing and not what I would call a problem. If you can't get first from rolling, then you can shift into second and just clutch it a little more.