KTM 07 450exc: Difficulty finding Nuetral

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by storx, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. storx

    storx n00b

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    Hello All,

    I recently purchased an 2007 KTM 450exc and since i bought it the neutral has been terribly difficult to find.. i can hardly find it off the bike with my hand at times for a few minutes.. but the original owner said it was like this from the day he bought it from the KTM dealer.. it has always gave him neutral issues. I am curious to know if this may be an issue?? I find that if i shut it off at a light and go to start it while in first still since i couldn't find neutral.. it will lightly move forward like its dragging the clutch just so slightly during start-up at times.. making me worried that i am putting adverse wear on the clutch from all of the first gear starting..
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  2. DaveyMac

    DaveyMac AARP Trail Rider

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    I just bought a 05 525 EXC, with a bought 2,000 mi on it.
    Same issue with it running. Motor off, No problem.
    I just think its nature of the beast.

    I sure those who Know better will chime in. :ear
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  3. MashEmOut

    MashEmOut n00b

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    '07 525exc. Same thing. Seems like once you come to a stop, releasing the brakes and roll back just a wee bit, releasing the tension on the chain/transmission. Hard to do on a hill but it helps finding neutral.
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  4. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    the KTM dirt bike engines don't have a 2nd gear lockout like alotta big bike engines/transmissions have .....

    it's pretty much the nature of the beast.... using good motorcycle oil helps some....

    you'll see if you hit neutral just as your rolling to a stop, it's alot easier.....
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  5. nevermind

    nevermind sLOW Rider

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    They all do that. Very very normal... :deal BTW, that is exactly how I find neutral. Get off the bike and I rest a gloved hand against the stator cover and gently pull up on the gear selector. After you get used to it, after many, many hours on the bike, you will be able to find it with your toe when the bike is off.

    I can only find neutral while the bike is running when I do not want it! :D
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  6. nevermind

    nevermind sLOW Rider

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    this too... :D
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  7. RBrider

    RBrider Been here awhile

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    + 1 to all of above. Plated '06 450 EXC.

    RB
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  8. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    2014s are the same way. KTM doesn't use a very strong neutral detent so it'd hard to find it stopped.
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  9. VxZeroKnots

    VxZeroKnots Long timer

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    I never have trouble finding it about 1/4 of the way up a gnarly climb when I want to drop from 2nd to 1st. :rofl
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  10. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    ya that. i like to think of it as a "feature". it's the false neutral eliminator
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  11. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Tap it into 2nd gear,then give it a slight tap down,once you get the feel it will go to neutral.
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