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Old 06-30-2014, 12:49 PM   #1
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So I've had my 13 990a over a year now, 3700 city miles. Am I the only one who hates the tranny on this bike? The ratios are fine, but it just is the worst shifting bike I've ever ridden. Almost impossible to keep from going into to neutral from 1-2, mainly when the engine is warm to hot. Extremely notchy feel. Downshifts are difficult unless I partially release the clutch lever. And it occasionally slips out of second under acceleration.

Dealer says all is fine. Has had the Motorex full synth oil since new. Has KTM improved this on the 1190?
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:55 PM   #2
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:56 PM   #3
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My 950 is notchy shifting as well. It likes a stiff boot. I think that's an English expression, isn't it? Meaning something else entirely?
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:01 PM   #4
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Am I the only one who hates the tranny on this bike?
Yah.............................pretty much.



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Old 06-30-2014, 01:13 PM   #5
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Clean clutch jet, check clutch booster and bleed clutch system/replace. LC8 changes gear like a Honda.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:15 PM   #6
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You should try interchanging the deep steel disc inside your clutch with another one.

The deep steel clutch disc usually gets a groove from its friction with the bellevile spring. Usually replacing it with another steel disc makes wonders. You need to lean the bike to the left, so not to have oil dripping.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:22 PM   #7
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I have a '11 990, and I felt just as you do when I first bought it. Missed shifts everywhere, notchy and weird false neutrals between 4-5.

I'd say give it some more time to break in, mine seemed to smooth itself out over time. Haven't had a false neutral in a while, and missed shifts are less than 10% of the time.

I've had (quite a few actually) bikes with smoother tranny's but this one grew on me over time.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:36 PM   #8
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Go ride a BMW 1150/1200 and then come back and talk to us about how great your KTM shifts.
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:46 PM   #9
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The deep steel clutch disc usually gets a groove from its friction with the bellevile spring. Usually replacing it with another steel disc makes wonders. You need to lean the bike to the left, so not to have oil dripping.
Cheers.
This and and making sure that the plates where facing the correct way helped my shifting.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:23 PM   #10
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Hmm...well now you've got me curious. Gonna hafta take a look at mine. Maybe there's an improvement to be had!
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:30 PM   #11
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Hmm...well now you've got me curious. Gonna hafta take a look at mine. Maybe there's an improvement to be had!

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Old 06-30-2014, 03:37 PM   #12
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my '11 990 worked fine? I did have 1 to 2 problems until I lowered the shifter, after that it worked fine. the 1190 is the same or possibly a tad smoother? not quite CBR quality, but pretty close.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:43 PM   #13
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Beautiful - thanks Ladukebob!
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:06 PM   #14
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Am I the only one who hates the tranny on this bike?
Hey, don't get upset, just tell him/her/it to get off.
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