I have not idea what your experience level is, but this error is "typically" user error.
Before shifting, make sure you have a firm foot on the gear selector, and then when you shift, it should kick into gear really quickly, so you won't have to pull the lever very far at all. Usually, this type of error is just from slower than normal shifting, or not using authority with it, get on it
Thats normal, the gears just happen to not mesh up every once in a while and by letting the clutch out and pulling it back in it spins the input shaft on the tranny allowing it to mesh with the other gears. Register your bike on the honda website with your VIN number and it will tell you if there is any recalls with your particular bike.
That's normal on all bikes. You'll have a hard time putting it into gear once in a while from a dead stop, expecially from/to neutral. Like you said, just let go the clutch and engage it, and it will be fine.
every once in a while i have to push the shifter up once because its like its just dangling there (no pressure at all, even when moved all the way up), then it'll catch somethign and i have to do it again to shift it into the next gear.
is there an adjustment i need to make to get it to stop this?