Why does it need to be in neutral for that?I always just shift down gears till I hit first at the lights or junction.
If I'm at lights, I like to put it into neutral, stretch the legs a bit etc etc.
Its bad practice, but many people do it anyway. I've done it once when I needed my clutch hand to adjust other gear...other than that, I never take it out of gear. Don't see the point...only thing it frees up is your clutch hand...which you can stretch all you want while on the road.maybe I should already know this... but why shift to neutral at a stop light? Are you doing this every time?
So you're trying to get into neutral while rolling? If that's the case you either can't or it's more difficult. I've tried a couple times to go into neutral while rolling myself and haven't been able to do it. *shrugs*I never said "stopped at a light or a stop sign" or in traffic at all for that matter.
However there are times when one would like to have use of the left hand without shutting the engine off.
I always downshift to first before the bike comes to a stop in traffic or in a parking lot. It's just a good habit.
My bike has 10K miles with no issues what so ever, my guess is I'm shooting through neutral to second gear for some reason.