Intermittent Trouble Shifting Out of 1st Gear + 1st gear creep
Since last summer, my '01 KLR has been having intermittent trouble shifting. Here's what happens when the problem occurs: I'll be idling in first gear with the clutch pulled in and I'll feel the bike start to creep forward, as if I'd started to let out the clutch. The bike becomes more insistent about moving forward the longer I sit there, until I have to squeeze the brake to stop it. I then find it impossible to shift out of first. I pull up on the shift lever until my foot can't take the pain, but it won't budge. However, as soon as I turn off the ignition by turning the key, I can shift up. I make sure I'm in neutral (bike won't start otherwise--it's always been that way and I don't know if it's normal) and start the bike. Instead of shifting into first, I shift into second and am able to ride. I've gotten into the habit of avoiding first gear whether the problem is currently occurring or not, just to be safe.
I never have any trouble shifting *into* first, or shifting from 2-5 (or neutral) to any other gear. The problem is only with shifting out of first, and it always coincides with the problem of creeping forward while idling.