Join Date: May 2011
Location: Quebec, , Canada
Not sure I would trust this mechanic, first time I heard of a bike with a wet clutch needing this kind of process.
If your clutch is dragging a lot, it will make loud clunks when you shift into first. Also you can check with the rear wheel up (center stand or rear stand), start the bike, shift in first holding the clutch, the wheel moving a little is normal but if it's catching speed, your clutch is dragging)
if you say it's quite difficult to shift with engine off, and you don't have clutch drag, then I would suspect the alignment of the shift mechanism.