Difficulty finding neutral

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Re: Difficulty finding neutral

Post by mogas64 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:58 pm

On my 1290 SD R it was hard to find neutral after having a Kawasaki with a positive neutral finder when stationary, but now it's got a few miles on it, it is getting better as the box beds in, so don't despair .
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Re: Difficulty finding neutral

Post by mick shere » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:07 pm

I've found neutral is a lot easier to find if the bike is still rolling, mind its ony done 500 miles so its still settling down

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Re: Difficulty finding neutral

Post by buddhabiker » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:32 pm

I’ve noticed that after the 600 mile service it’s a bit easier to find neutral. You have to have a very light touch. In contrast, my Yamaha FJR was very easy to find neutral without overshooting into first or second year.


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Re: Difficulty finding neutral

Post by Aussie Dave » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:45 am

Well-l-l-l-l..... it does get better, but even with 10k kms on mine I don't get neutral every time - but I just rock it a bit or clutch it a couple of cm's and out it slips. It's a Euro twin so it's probably never going to be as slick as a Jap gearbox (though I can clunk my CBR1100xx's cogs if I'm not up to speed :lol: )......

On the GT, I get neutral easily while still rolling - but then it can clunk solidly into 1st when asked, so all you can do is make sure the clutch fluid is in g/c and be prepared to wiggle the thing back & forward until it finds neutral via 2nd.... ;).

It goes so ferkin good I'm happy to sacrifice the feel of my Honda's box for the pure joy of that wicked 1.3L motor..... and like all Euro stuff......it can take longer than one expects to reach a proper run-in state :)... also the tech's tell me if I switched from Formula semi syn to Top Speed 15w50 the cogs slip into place more smoothly......might do that from the 15k km service (K&N filter ready to go in :) ).....but it's a great gearbox other than the odd neutral fumble.. :lol:

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Re: Difficulty finding neutral

Post by buddhabiker » Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:01 pm

Yes, full synthetic might make the difference. I had them put that in at the 600 mike service. I agree, the gearbox may never be as quite as smooth as that of my former FJR, but that slight niggle is nothing compared to the joy riding the Duke brings!


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Re: Difficulty finding neutral

Post by DaveNZ » Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:07 am

I put Motul V300 10/40 in my 1290, neutral no problem, and the quick shifter is slick as. Put the best oil you can afford in once she's run in. Well after my 15,000K service they recommended i use motul 7100 10-60, so thats what they put in for the service, and i notice neutral isn't quite as easy as before, the heavier weight oil must cause a little more drag on the plates.
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Re: Difficulty finding neutral

Post by Ravendark » Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:52 pm

I have 250km on the bike and finding neutral is dead easy. Very smooth, 2016 bike
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Re: Difficulty finding neutral

Post by DaveNZ » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:55 am

While on my 5000km South Island trip I noticed finding neutral very difficult. When I got home I bled the clutch, and now neutral is easy to find again.
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