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With my new 2017 SDR1290 with less than 100 miles on the clock, I was struggling to select neutral at stop lights. My knowledgeable KTM dealer resolved it by cleaning out this jet. Said it was a known issue that it can get clogged. Once cleaned, shifts were perfect and easy to select neutral. in 1-1/2 years has not reoccurred.
 

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It's on the 9300-mile service checklist. Whether your shop actually does it is another matter.


Just checking the owners manual service schedule and noticed that the oil nozzle check is a recommended, not required, service item. Ask them to check it if you’re having trouble finding neutral; or service it yourself :)


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My 15 SDR had no hole in the oil jet. It was solid brass. Replaced it with one with a hole in it. Felt no different. I check it every oil change and it’s clogged. I don’t remove anything to access it except it’s own little cover. I clean it out with a numbered dremel tool drill. It’s .3mm I think. And a flat blade screwdriver with the middle of the blade filed out works very well for screwing the jet in and out.
Can you post a pic? just what the screw looks like from standing.tks I'm lookinh at the photo and the left side of my bike and not seeing it?
 

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My clutch works fine as long as I keep pumping it at stop, if I don't pump the lever b4 start or long red light when I put it in gear it's like dumping it into gear without the clutch
 

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My clutch works fine as long as I keep pumping it at stop, if I don't pump the lever b4 start or long red light when I put it in gear it's like dumping it into gear without the clutch
Your M/C is not holding pressure. Either there's air in the system, or one of the piston seals has failed, allowing fluid back past when the return hole is covered.
 

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After looking it up in the service manual and then staring at the bike, it's hard to see how a small jet on the left side of the engine could feed oil to a clutch on the right side, particularly since it's a wet clutch. My best guess is that it lubricates the clutch pushrod.
So, I was completely wrong. Stopped by the dealer and spoke to one tech. It feeds oil through the countershaft to the clutch. There is a similar system on the 790 and he saw one with the nozzle clogged and the clutch was pretty dry. He did recommend cleaning it as he's seen a few blocked.

Also, they do routinely clean these during a service. Once unscrewed, they place paper towels to catch it and blow it out with the air compressor.
 

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So how big is that hole supposed to be. The one on mine is too small to fit a fine thread through let alone a piece of wire. I didn't believe there was a hole until I held it just so and saw my light through it. That said, it was blocked.
 

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Neutral had been getting harder and harder to find, so, I tried to service my jet today. Got the access cover off, but could not get the jet out. I'm guessing it screws in/out, but I could not break it loose and get it out. Being brass, I was afraid if I really torqued it, I might strip something, and make a real mess of it.

I need to get the suspension software upgrade, so maybe I'll let the shop service it while there.
 

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If you have a compressor you could try blowing the blockage out with the nozzle in place.


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If you have a compressor you could try blowing the blockage out with the nozzle in place.


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Hadn't thought of that. Hmm...
Wonder if high volumes of compressed air would hurt anything downstream from the nozzle? Sure would be easy to do. Anything I can damage doing it that way?
 

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Last time it did it about 7,000km ago, I used a very quick, less than a second, blast with this



Used the plastic tip.

As long as you don’t go nuts with it (long, high pressure) I don’t see how you’d cause any damage.


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