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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2019, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Wink False neutrals

Aside from it being klunkier than any Harley I have ridden, whats with the transmission? Are all ducks like this?

I usually only get a false neutral between 1st and 2nd, but I got one between 4 and 3 the other day.

Wasn't sure immediately what was going on so I grabbed the clutch and coasted into the middle lane of a busy highway. not sure why, but the engine died just to give any texting-and-driving vehicles a target. So, there I was for a second, dead in the middle of a busy highway wondering what was going on.

It started right up, put it in gear and went about my business, but... in 25 years of riding, never dealt with so many false neutrals. I really cant just casually baby it through the gears. You have to smack her like she's your *****

Anyone else have similar experience?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-05-2019, 07:18 PM
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It's sometimes hard for me to put it in neutral when I park it in first. Let me rephrase that: The bike is in neutral, but the gear indicator is in 1 or 2, and I can't start without pulling the clutch. That's sometimes tricky because you need to give just the right amount of gas when hitting the starter button, and operating that button and the throttle delicately with the same hand isn't easy, especially during cooler temperatures.

I've had no problems with shifting while moving.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 01:27 PM
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I’ve found that the gear box takes some time to break in. I’ve got 14k miles on mine and it can still get sticky when not warmed up. After it’s warmed up though, not a problem. Gotta get on the throttle, get the revs up then shift like you mean it.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-24-2019, 03:07 AM
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i had neutral mostly down shift from 6 to 5 even shown 5 th gear on screen.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-25-2019, 12:21 AM
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I've had the same issue. A little over 1300 km on it now and the first service done and its getting less frequent. Gear changes definitely have to be a clear conscious decision, no lazy shifting.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-07-2020, 10:00 AM
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Hi Guys,
I have the same issue, mine 950 has 35.000kms in twisted roads (so lots of gear change), and the problem is the ducati gearbox (nothing to do). but there are some things you can do to have a more accurate gear change.
1 - your chain slack has to be perfect the brand says 50 to 52mm from the swingarm, put the motorcycle in a stand, and rotate the tire and verify if there are changes on the slack mesure, if there is find the tighten spot and put 50mm from the center of the swingarm to the center of the chain pin. (this litle maintenance will drop the number of neutrals)
2 - you can adjust the gear lever to a down position (more near to you boot), so when you put the gear it will be less free play between your foot and the gear lever (it worked for me)
3 - keep in mind, specially if is this is your first Ducati, you cannot be gentle switching gears, you have to be hard (if you think... the most neutrals, is when you are doing a relax drive) if you are in a agressive driving might notice that are no false neutrals.
4 - even if it append to have a false neutral, always go to a upper gear, never a down gear.

good rides, stay safe

Ride safe, but always with a smile
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