Quote Originally Posted by nate6966 View Post
On my 1800, I don't always grab a handful of clutch to shift. In fact, I may shift without clutch at times.
The phantom neutral between 4&5 is not uncommon. It's not a definite, but happens enough in Hondas that people talk about it. Just like you, I find a quick tap gets it into gear. A possible preventative effort is simply shift with conviction. A more firm foot movement in the shift pedal will help.
Thanks Nate. It seems to me I get a much more smooth transition NOT using a handful of clutch, that's why I started doing it. Thanks for the post. I at least know the bull pin didn't jump the heifer gear. All is well!