It may well be that the downwards movements is restricted by the exhaust. It looks tight. That could be your "hard to get into (1st) gear" problem. Adjust the lever upwards so that when down shifting into 1st, it isn't touching the pipe. About your 2nd: +1 on the rubber, you're missing a couple of mill's there.
But overall, looks ok to me!
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