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  • Offline Gary950   gb

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    False neutral
    on: February 06, 2021, 09:43:30 am
    February 06, 2021, 09:43:30 am
    Hi all,

    My 2019 Multistrada 950 occasionally hits a false neutral, mostly when dropping from 6th to 5th gear.

    I was just wondering if anyone else has had the same issues and how the issue is resolved? And if anyone has had Ducati look at it under warranty?

    Apologies if there are other forums asking the same question, Iím new here!

    Gary

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    Re: False neutral
    Reply #1 on: February 06, 2021, 12:11:37 pm
    February 06, 2021, 12:11:37 pm
    It seems to be very common to get false neutrals, especially when the bike is new. Making sure to use the full throw of the lever prevents them.  Seems to get better with the miles but that might just be rider getting used to the bike of course.
    Last Edit: February 06, 2021, 12:33:22 pm by ChrisS

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    Re: False neutral
    Reply #2 on: February 06, 2021, 08:00:45 pm
    February 06, 2021, 08:00:45 pm
    I only have 1500km on mine, but I need to really bash the gear lever to prevent false neutrals, this with dqs, downshift using clutch have no issues. This at lower revs, higher revs nothing to report.
    At first service, ducati dealer said theres nothing wrong with it...

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    Re: False neutral
    Reply #3 on: February 06, 2021, 08:43:10 pm
    February 06, 2021, 08:43:10 pm
    Gary, plenty on this Forum about that false neutral situation . The 6th to 5th thing was a problem on mine for first 3k miles. Ducati will say its normal and it will disappear over time when the square cut gears bed in and that is true to some extent but the real solution ( if you have the old cable version) is to put a turn or two out (anti clock) on the handlebar adjuster  - works a treat for me every couple of thou miles and if you eventually run our of threads then the Dealer can adjust it at the secondary adjuster which will also restore the handlebar play adjustment . The handbook covers this clutch adjustment and free play amount 

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    Re: False neutral
    Reply #4 on: February 18, 2021, 06:36:16 pm
    February 18, 2021, 06:36:16 pm
    I get false neutrals on EVERY ride I go on.  Without exception.  Mine is a 2020 950S with about 1300 miles.  This is caveated by the fact that I do not have a clue what I am doing, so I am probably getting it wrong.  Sometimes it involves the quick shifter, usually from 6th to 5th.  Sometimes on a clutched gear change, occasionally from 3rd to 2nd.  It doesn't really bother me too much because I suspect some of it is my fault, and OMFG its such a great bike to ride (new rider, with only ownership of a KTM Duke 125 before this)

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    Re: False neutral
    Reply #5 on: March 01, 2021, 05:37:21 pm
    March 01, 2021, 05:37:21 pm
    Quick follow up on this.  I changed my boots to more road-oriented ones (I was previously using boots that have a thick sole, Falco Aviators) and it has made an immediate difference.  It might also be putting a few more miles on the clock, but the thinner sole seems to just be more sympathetic to the quick shifter, I dunno!

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    Re: False neutral
    Reply #6 on: March 02, 2021, 12:16:01 pm
    March 02, 2021, 12:16:01 pm
    Get the lever down a bit to demand a shorter movement of your feet . Will help a lot!

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    Re: False neutral
    Reply #7 on: March 25, 2021, 01:22:10 am
    March 25, 2021, 01:22:10 am
    think of the shifter mechanism as a ratchet.  Moving the lever turns the ratchet and then you must move it up (or down ) enough to reset to the next indent on the ratchet gear. 
    The 5th to 6th gear throw is longer.  This is well documented on the forum.  I found adjusting the shifter down about 1/4 to 1/2 a turn made all the difference in the throws, especially the 5th to 6th.  It was recommended by one of our inmates (credit to you sir!).