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Will not shift into first gear

I have an 08 ktm 250 sxf, when first starting my bike and trying select 1st gear. The bike lunges ad stalls. Whether this is relevant or not, when my bike is not running, and 1st gear is selected, even when the clutch is held in the rear wheel will not rotate.

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Sounds like your clutch is out of adjustment, or needs to be bled. Most of the ktm's use a Magura hydraulic clutch which can be bled using Mineral Oil. DO NOT USE BRAKE FLUID.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

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SOURCE: ktm 125 sx 08 stuck in 1st gear

You have a bent shift fork and possibly something else going on. The engine will need to come out of the bike. Remove the top end, the flywheel and electrics, the clutch, the shift mechanism and kick starter and a few other parts. THEN you are ready to split the gearbox to get to the crankshaft, gears and shift forks.
You will need an impact driver, flywheel puller, case splitter, torque wrench and factory service manual, plus the normal screwdriver, pliers, etc.. Alternate to the special tools is taking it to the dealer and say "Fix it". I often tell people to take it to the shop just so they don't get into such an involved project and they now have a knowing eye and experienced hands working on the problem.
The repair cost will probably be $800 or so.

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Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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SOURCE: scn@bike will start, but with

That is a safety deature. It would not be a good idea to ride off with the side stand down!
There is a micro switch connected to the side stand and clutch lever for your protection.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010

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SOURCE: clutch does not engage well, especially when cold. First shift into gear will always stall motor.

to me this seems a case of many things not 100% set up properly.

big singles do burn a lot of oil, so either its low or just the wrong viscosity, check with a KTM forum as a lot of users will have already had this problem and rectified it.


but the first thing i'd check first is: Idle speed (if its FI then shouldnt be a problem) valve clearances and it also depends on whether you have any mods?



a race spec pipe will always cause issues starting cold.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012

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what you can do is pretty simple, take the clutch cover off, should be the right side, and disassemble the clutch plates, check for the following, the quality of friction surface, check if the clutch discs teeth are nice and smooth, do the same for the clutch housing, if you find it rough you can smooth it out with a file to but be cautious of how much you file down.
I'm assuming you have checked/replaced the fluid in the hydraulic clutch, and checked for any bubbles.
Good luck

Posted on Jul 11, 2013

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