This bike ABSOLUTELY has an issue with the tranny.
It's not the worst tranny I have ever used, and not the best, but there is DEFINITELY a problem, and this is NOT a user error.
I have never, in all my years on motorcycles, come to a stop in 5th or 6th gear, clutch lever in, and been unable to shift down to 1st at a standstill.
In fact, the first few times it happened, it was at a quick light change, where I got caught at a red, right before it was going to change.
Slow down quickly, no time to gear down (don't even say anything about 'you need to gear down', that is BS) come to a full stop, and the first shifter tap down results in the dreaded "--" on the display.
Tap, tap, tap...seemingly, something is stuck somewhere in the tranny...so that it is not able to move the f'ing shift fork.
Strangely, it doesn't FEEL exactly the same either, it just doesn't register.
I had literally got in trouble a few times, because there was a quick green, I had people behind me, and I couldn't move!
The remedy? Ease the clutch lever out just a hair so that the clutch discs would start to just spin an inch or two and it would slip right into gear and then I could tap down.
This has probably happened to me 15 times in 4500km.
4-5th false neutral? Unfortunately, I had thought it was my fault with non-completed shifts.
But after seeing it happen maybe 15-20 times now, I can definitely say, that there is some kind of intermittent issue with this tranny.
I can accept it now that I've learned the workarounds (same as OP says, don't force it, just give it a little clutch-out and you can immediately feel the engagement come back.
It's like something just isn't transiting back and forth on a shaft very cleanly.
Like it's just barely hanging up...even with oil stiction...and it just isn't migrating to where it's got to go.
It's disconcerting, because as you know, it happens at the most inopportune times.
To anyone who says 'it's your shifting', I say go straight to ****. You are absolutely unqualified to comment on a bike you have not ridden.
People on this forum want so badly to believe they've bought the 'perfect motorcycle' and reveal their true levels of moto experience by even entertaining such a notion.
I sincerely hope that with a few more thousand km...things will 'wear in' and I won't be experiencing this anymore, but I love this bike, and it's great and everything, but I would hate to learn that this may be something that will affect longevity.
Anyone...ANYONE who soapboxes and continues to try to convince me that there is 'nothing wrong' with the transmission/clutch...has a severe mental problem. If you've not test rode the bike in question, keep your ill-informed opinions to yourself, as they are absolutely groundless, without merit, and insulting.