OK, so now I'm confused.Thank you for your reply. I bleed the clutch master cylinder and it helped some. But I didnt know the info yo gave about a metric bike.
Yeah, what he said. Plus, from my limited experience, the shifting feels considerably heavier on my Boulevard than it was on my previous sport bike. Starting it up, especially cold, it's hard to get 1st if I keep the clutch in. I let out the clutch in neutral for a second and pull it back in, then it clunks into gear like a tractor. And I always, always try to get it into first before I get completely to a stop.Yes you may have too much play in the clutch cable.
BUT.....the first time you put it into gear after starting it will almost ALWAYS "bang".
All metric bikes are that way and there is no "fix".
After it warms up, the shift from N to 1 should be less noisy.
THEN.....unless you KNOW that you will be stopped for a long time, it is best to get into the habit of shifting into first just before coming to a complete stop and keep the clutch pulled in.