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post #1 of 12 Old 08-01-2019, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Can't find neutral

This just started today. K7 won't go into neutral. I replaced front brake lines with longer ones. Nothing kinked or tight on clutch lines' went for a ride, got back and can't find neutral. Engine oil has about 3000 on it. Could this possibly be the problem?
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-01-2019, 10:48 PM
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A clutch that is not fully releasing will cause this. try looking for neutral with the clutch in while you are still rolling. if that helps then the clutch is not fully releasing.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-01-2019, 11:49 PM
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I prefer some slop in the clutch cable. Plenty of free play in the lever.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-02-2019, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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This is a hydraulic clutch Btw.
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-02-2019, 08:51 AM
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Just checking the obvious: There is enough hydraulic fluid in the reservoir?

One of the known weak points of the DL1000 is the seal on the slave piston. Being in the front sprocket area, this is subjected to all sorts of crud off the chain, and at some point in time it will start leaking, causing a gradual loss of hydraulic fluid. The only solution to this is to take the slave apart, clean the cylinder and the piston, and replace the seal. In fact, in my case I found the cylinder wall to be pitted beyond repair, so I replaced the whole assembly.

I also found that my diaphragm had squeezed itself into the reservoir, raising the apparent fluid level to within the sight window. So I thought I had plenty fluid, while in fact the reservoir was nearly empty.
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I suggest read this just in case.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/dl1000...-exchange.html
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I prefer some slop in the clutch cable. Plenty of free play in the lever.
DL1000's have Hydraulic Clutch actuation.

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My Opinion:
Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
SMIDSY detailed report.


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This just started today. K7 won't go into neutral. I replaced front brake lines with longer ones. Nothing kinked or tight on clutch lines' went for a ride, got back and can't find neutral. Engine oil has about 3000 on it. Could this possibly be the problem?
Most likely your clutch is not fully releasing and as a result the clutch is dragging.

When you say you replaced the front brake lines do you also mean you replaced the clutch hydraulic line as well? If the problem happened after you did that then most likely you have an air bubble in there somewhere and your system just needs a good bleeding. It can be tricky but isn't hard to do.

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Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
SMIDSY detailed report.


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"DL1000's have Hydraulic Clutch actuation." Sorry, the 650's are some much more lucky for that.
Ducati 900SS had the same problematic slave units that leaked and left you clutchless.
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Gentlemen,

I suggest read this just in case.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/dl1000...-exchange.html
Any idea if this was addressed in 14+ DL's?

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