The clutch on my 1 year old duke 2 is biting further and further away from the bar every month so much that it basically bites as the lever has ended its travel now and i think i have felt it slip a little as well.
My question to you knowledgeable folk is - are ther any easy ways i can adjust it myself or does it need bleeding? Or new plates and if so are they covered by warranty
Sounds like your slave cylinder seal may be leaking. Bleed the clutch line properly and see if the action returns to normal. If it goes off again after a few miles then the seal's gone - pretty common problem on the 950 Adv, mine went at 18000 miles, but some go earlier.
Thanks Mark - think i'll give that ago and if it don't work, back to the dealer it goes
Similar issue with 690 clutch
Funny this thread was top of the list today, I logged in to start a very similar one, so Iīll tag onto it if that's OK.
I've got a 9 month 690 SM (about 6,000km). After a normal ride a couple of weeks ago, I went to start it the other day and the clutch had practically no resistance. Looked into the master cilinder and it was pretty much empty. Managed to get to the nearest petrol station and topped it up with SAE 10 mineral oil (although not KTM brand, but Kraaft), but couldnīt do the bleeding. It sort of worked and went for a ride. However, the gear box felt quite sticky (hard to change up or down) and gave me some proeblems when stopping at a junction and starting in first gear (hardly any clutch action).
I'll bleed the system today and see how it goes but, as Mark indicates, it sounds like a slave cilinder seal internal leak (there was no oil stain under the bike).
Are there any risks of using the bike with such a leak? I mean for the gear box or other internals. Assuming that after bleeding the clucth it goes back to working more or less normally...
I ask because the workshop I take the bike for repairs is about 80 km away and over the last 300 km or so, the bike has felt a bit rougher than before with a fair bit of popping when cutting gas. It's only done about 1,000km since its first service.
Have you checked the red top adjusting screw .
Bleeding seems to have done the job and the clutch is back to normal. Now I'll keep an eye on the level to see if it stays or there's a leak anywhere in the system.