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    Neutral switch faulty?
    « on: 2013-05-30 03:36:37 »
    In the past week I have experienced the same fault three times, so far only in the afternoon when leaving work.

    Upon switching on the ignition and letting the dash display play its normal games. The gearbox doesn't show neutral, despite being in neutral. The only way to then start the bike is with the clutch fully pulled on. Once first is selected, it is then possible to reselect neutral and show it on the display. The first time this occurred, the neutral display flickered off and on before going out all together. The last two times, it simply hasn't displayed at all.

    I have it booked into the local stealer next week. The service manager is apparently being recalled to his original job as the village idiot after this week. A new guy starts on Monday. Suddenly I have some faith it might actually be fixed.

    Anyone else experienced this? I have noticed over the past 5000km that the gear box is louder than normal on changes. Wonder if its related?
    « Last Edit: 2013-05-30 06:21:40 by Brick »

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      Re: Neutral switch faulty?
      « Reply #1 on: 2013-06-11 06:53:24 »
      The local dealer couldn't fault the neutral switch last Thursday, so they reset the computers values for the neutral light. Over the weekend neutral has suddenly become more difficult to select. Not hard, just not as easy as it has been. I also noticed that my fuel consumption has dropped. When I purchased the bike 5 km months ago it regularly returned +550km per tank of fuel. Now I seem to struggle to get 420km per tank. Still the same riding style. I've also noticed the gear box getting more noisy. On the 800km ride home yesterday, I noticed that there is a an oscillating  type rumble just audible above the wind noise.

      I've clocked up almost 25 000km in the past 5 months. I'm hoping I haven't killed it already.

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        Re: Neutral switch faulty?
        « Reply #2 on: 2013-06-11 19:17:35 »
        550 kms on 1 tank of fuel is really a lot, even with a 27 litre tank (which I assume you have). That averages 20.37 kms/litre or almost 48 MPG! I have the GT with the 24.5 litre fuel tank and I'm happy to get 450 kms.
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          Re: Neutral switch faulty?
          « Reply #3 on: 2013-06-11 22:02:12 »
          I concur with FP-NLD. 450 km on 1 tank is a lot. I only get that out of a tank when driving with my friend on his 650 V-Strom and he actually is consuming...more!
          4.8 liter/100km is the minimum I got. Typically it will be north of 5.5 liter and when driving highways (above 140 km/hrs) it goes quickly up to 7, 8, ....liters/100 km


          As for your incident, I recall a similar situation on my K1200S on a longer tour. The neutral sign was not showing up any longer. Annoying, to say the least. But my guess was there was dirt or moisture that was creeping into the sensor. I'm not a specialist but maybe that is what happened to yours. Let us know what the outcome is.


          As for the gearbox. What do you describe as louder? Is it really louder or are you paying more attention to it? Are there new sounds or do you also sense a difference when shifting? I'm not helping a lot, I realize. Just trying to understand.
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            Re: Neutral switch faulty?
            « Reply #4 on: 2013-06-12 01:38:14 »
            Interesting you think 450km is a good mileage. My personal best is tailgating a truck for about 160km one night. I wound up getting 700km out of that tank of fuel. I have always got 500-550km until recently. Didn't seem to matter if it was two up or single. I usually cover the 65km to work between 100-120kph.

            The dealer has said they will look further into the neutral switch issue. Hopefully not charging this time...

            The gear box clunk use to disappear above 2nd with normal riding. Now it will clunk in up to 4th. I've also noticed some gear noise in 1st at low speeds around car parks in the past week. I can't decided of the oscillation noise is the bike or the new Dunlop tyres.

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              Re: Neutral switch faulty?
              « Reply #5 on: 2013-06-12 20:55:38 »
              My personal best is tailgating a truck for about 160km one night. I wound up getting 700km out of that tank of fuel.
              I guess you just set a world record.
              I'm a member on several K1600 fora but nobody has ever even come close to this.
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                Re: Neutral switch faulty?
                « Reply #6 on: 2013-06-13 01:13:31 »
                I guess you just set a world record.
                I'm a member on several K1600 fora but nobody has ever even come close to this.
                Just over 100 miles in the dark, over continuous road works, in the rain, tailgating a truck close enough to be sucked along. Not a ride I'm ready to repeat. Think I did close to 1000km that day.

                 

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