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Old 06-30-2014, 07:02 PM   #16
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Mines like butta, esp. compared to prior HD and BMW! 2011 990 Dakar
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:11 PM   #17
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sherlock shift

I've got an '11 with many thousand miles of dirt, gravel and tarmac. During break-in, I managed to find that "phantom neutral" between 4 and 5 (or was it 5 and 6) twice but other than that, it shifts just like I think it should. Have run everything from Motul to Mobile1 with no noticeable change to the shifting.

I've been riding many steeds over a few decades (mostly dirt) and find that this one shifts quite well ... at least I am ecstatically happy with it ;)

Hope you find the issue.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:25 PM   #18
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i have been running the motordeath oil (motorex) and the bike shifts like hot butter. its crazy how smooth it is. sometimes i wonder if i shifted at all its so smooth. i would check your clutch out and everything connected to it.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:39 PM   #19
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My '13 990 SMT was a bit rough shifting at first. Like the poster above my issue was an occasional false neutral between either 4&5th or 5&6th.

It may need a bit more thrashing yet to get things smoothed out however what you're describing sounds a bit different than normal break-in woes to me.

Do you know anyone else that rides that you trust to ride the bike and offer a second opinion?
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:43 PM   #20
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I've noticed smoother shifting, especially upshifting, not completely closing the throttle.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:23 AM   #21
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I've got almost 32,000 miles on mine now. I have found that as my oil get old (or slightly low) the shifting gets quite noticeably more notchy when up-shifting and also more difficult to drop back into first from second (without resting in neutral). After an oil change, then it become smooth again. So make sure your oil level isn't too low (like below the dip stick or just at the very bottom).

Lately (and I've just changed my oil) I have found it is getting more notchy and I think it may be time to start re-thinking the clutch system. My clutch system is all stock (2010 model).
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:20 AM   #22
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Chain too tight?

Mine gets a bit rougher when the chain's too tight. After it loosens back up, shifting is very smooth.

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Old 07-01-2014, 09:43 AM   #23
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My '13 has 1200 or so miles on it and even sat for a year. Shifts very smooth.

I read an article recently describing the 990A as having one of the smoothest shifting transmissions on adventure bikes. Hopefully you can get yours resolved with some of the advice given
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:17 AM   #24
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Mine gets a bit rougher when the chain's too tight. After it loosens back up, shifting is very smooth.

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Was going to mention that. Very common to run chains too tight on bikes with suspension travel. Chain tightens as rear suspension gets used up.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:48 AM   #25
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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?
Just a thought, but maybe make sure your shifter is getting loose. That has happened to me and will cause all kinds of weird things to happen including missed shifts etc. Just reach down and if there is any play back and forth with your shift4r, it needs to be tightened up. I would put a little locktite on there to keep it from loosening if you find it has done so.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:53 AM   #26
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:43 AM   #27
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I've got a 990 2007 with 35000 miles and it shifts like a dream.
sure beats the hell out the BMW but then again about the frontbrakes it's the other way around.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:40 PM   #28
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Go ride a BMW 1150/1200 and then come back and talk to us about how great your KTM shifts.
I had a BMW.
Shifting was akin to the sound of jamming a metal fork in a running blender.

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Old 07-01-2014, 01:42 PM   #29
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Just a thought, but maybe make sure your shifter is getting loose. That has happened to me and will cause all kinds of weird things to happen including missed shifts etc. Just reach down and if there is any play back and forth with your shift4r, it needs to be tightened up. I would put a little locktite on there to keep it from loosening if you find it has done so.
Yep. Loose shift lever will cause all kind of weird in shifting.

It also could be poorly aligned shift shaft. That happened to me. Gearbox jammed to 6th gear occasionally and it was hard to find neutral. Also once it feel like neutral was between 2nd and 3rd gear.

And if shift lever had been hitted to ground, rock etc. small bushings between shift forks and shift drum could jammed.
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:38 AM   #30
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It mad at you for making it spend it's life in the city!!!

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Seriously, check the clutch oil jet.
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