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Old 10-22-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Neutral Sensor failure

Hello mates...

KTM 990 2007 - S.

Bike starts fine in the morning, neutral green light ON..... when it gets hot neutral green light goes away and bike turns off... if i pull the clutch lever then the bike starts and i can release the clutch lever. it stays on but every time I turn off the bike and turn on again I have to pull the clutch lever even though the bike is in neutral (neutral green light off but bike is in neutral).

Any idea of what is going on??

I will appreciate.

Sorry for my English, it is not my primary language.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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No answer?

I am having probably the same issue. This is my first post as the proud owner of a 2007 990. I picked it up Friday purchased from a friend and fellow ADV Rider member. He is awaiting his 1190. Anyway, when I got the bike home Friday after about a 100 mile trip I parked outside my garage and just put the kickstand down to kill the engine while I opened the garage door. I then got back on the bike and pulled in the clutch and started the bike and drove into the garage. I could not get the neutral light to come on for the life of me. It would go in neutral but light would not illuminate and when I put the stand down it killed the engine. When in what I presumed was neutral you could hear gear chatter at that time. I then let the bike set for about 30 minutes and tried the neutral and the light came on, bike would start and run with stand down. Then today I pulled into the driveway after work and put the bike in neutral and put the stand down and let it run. I went and opened the garage door. Before I got back to the bike the neutral light went out and the bike immediately shut off. I pulled in the clutch put the stand up and started the bike and put it in the garage and was able to get the bike in neutral with a light and let it idle for a while to see if it would shut down again. It didn't so that is where it stands. Its seems to be sporadic. Is this a side stand switch issue or what? I love the bike by the way and as I do not have a gremlin bell on it as yet perhaps that'll solve the issue if someone bestows one on me!
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:22 PM   #3
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Well, it's a really simple switch. There's a small plunger that wipes across contacts and grounds them. So, it's dirty, down in the engine oil you know. Or the wire is weak, connector loose, etc.

I'd vote for a dirty connector. Pull the cover over the front sprocket, pull off the switch and lightly sand off the brass contacts. Don't loose the plunger/spring.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:04 PM   #4
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I will add

Sidestand could be loose. Also all the collected grim behind the front sprocket could cause problems.
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:33 AM   #5
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Check sidestand switch--common failure point
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:21 AM   #6
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Neutral Sensor failure

Also, check the gear position sensor. They are known to come loose and cause quirkiness. If the two retaining bolts are loose, just Loctite them in place.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:42 AM   #7
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Sidestand could be loose. Also all the collected grim behind the front sprocket could cause problems.
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Yeah, this can cause running problems. But, his neutral light doesn't come on... so probably not the main problem.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:36 PM   #8
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I plan on installing the sidestand relocation kit this winter so I am guessing I can sort this all out at that time and clean things up.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:59 AM   #9
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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=746414

This old thread may help you out... Good luck.
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:34 PM   #10
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Thanks motomal!

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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=746414

This old thread may help you out... Good luck.
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:14 AM   #11
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So it may happen to 990s as well as 950s.

If the gear drum with the extrusions slides, it could be a solution to drill a small hole and screw a small headless bolt in there. That could be a permanent fix.
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...=746414&page=2 post # 24
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:05 AM   #12
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I have Pebbles's old shift drum. The drum is steel and the plate with the gear indicator holes in for the springs and plungers is alloy.

I can easily move the plate with a pair of circlip pliers. Probably best to move it to the correct position then lock in place with several dot punch marks around the perimeter.
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