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Old Mar 5th 2016, 03:20 PM   #1
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Gear Sensor Error!!!

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So today I was working on my '13 Panigale 1199. I put HID lights for the low beam and the Ducabike clear clutch cover & pressure plate. Also, I wanted to bleed the clutch because I have been having a hard time getting the bike in neutral for the first 10-20min of riding. Literally at every stop light I would have to keep it in gear because it wuold jump from 1 to 2 or 2 to 1.

When I did bleed the clutch I heard air coming out the nipple and the bike was way easier to put in neutral, so i guess that worked, BUT!... after riding for like 2 minutes my dashboard went crazy on me throwing the check engine light and then saying Gear Sensor error and the actual gear indicator wouldn't show 1,N,2,3,4,5,6.. instead it would show a dash -

I've read some Ducs have that problem and a new sensor will fix it, but, my bike was totally fine before bleeding the clutch and installing the clear clutch cover. Maybe I didnt properly bleed the clutch and thats causing some sort of issue? Or the pressure plate is too tight or something? The code goes away sometimes and then it displays the gear im in but then after a while it comes back!!!! Any help will be appreciated! - I live in Vegas and there is no Ducati dealer here.

By the way, where is that sensor located? I tried looking in the manual but no success... And how much does it go for approximately? Thanks!
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Hey guys!

So today I was working on my '13 Panigale 1199. I put HID lights for the low beam and the Ducabike clear clutch cover & pressure plate. Also, I wanted to bleed the clutch because I have been having a hard time getting the bike in neutral for the first 10-20min of riding. Literally at every stop light I would have to keep it in gear because it wuold jump from 1 to 2 or 2 to 1.

When I did bleed the clutch I heard air coming out the nipple and the bike was way easier to put in neutral, so i guess that worked, BUT!... after riding for like 2 minutes my dashboard went crazy on me throwing the check engine light and then saying Gear Sensor error and the actual gear indicator wouldn't show 1,N,2,3,4,5,6.. instead it would show a dash -

I've read some Ducs have that problem and a new sensor will fix it, but, my bike was totally fine before bleeding the clutch and installing the clear clutch cover. Maybe I didnt properly bleed the clutch and thats causing some sort of issue? Or the pressure plate is too tight or something? The code goes away sometimes and then it displays the gear im in but then after a while it comes back!!!! Any help will be appreciated! - I live in Vegas and there is no Ducati dealer here.

By the way, where is that sensor located? I tried looking in the manual but no success... And how much does it go for approximately? Thanks!

This could be the same fault that happened on a few bikes mine included. I would start my bike and the gear position indicator on the dash would flash from 1 to 2 even though it was in neutral. In was a very quick job for the dealer to re calibrate the sensor attached to the gear shift linkage. Mine was done under warranty and no problems since.

No need for a new sensor or certainly not in my case. Several people reported the same fault and solution couple years ago. I have not seen this issue on the forum for a little while. Take it to a dealer and they will sort it out very quickly. I know you said no dealer near you. Maybe time to throw it on a trailer and take a road trip.
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Gear Sensor Error!!!

thanks for the info! I'll see what I can come up with
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Originally Posted by bradp51 View Post
This could be the same fault that happened on a few bikes mine included. I would start my bike and the gear position indicator on the dash would flash from 1 to 2 even though it was in neutral. In was a very quick job for the dealer to re calibrate the sensor attached to the gear shift linkage. Mine was done under warranty and no problems since.

No need for a new sensor or certainly not in my case. Several people reported the same fault and solution couple years ago. I have not seen this issue on the forum for a little while. Take it to a dealer and they will sort it out very quickly. I know you said no dealer near you. Maybe time to throw it on a trailer and take a road trip.

Isn't that sensor that's on the shift linkage the quick shift sensor? The Problem apparently is the gear sensor which I have no clue where it is located ...
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Update: I went for a quick ride after bleeding the clutch again (this time properly with a bleeding kit) and the error is gone and didn't come back at all. Hopefully that's the end of this story!
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With mine, the error was intermittent at the start, becoming more frequent, until one day it may permanently there.
The gear position sensor is the bronze little nubbin thing that you can see at the back end of the crankcase, particularly looking from around the right rearset.
Changing it is not too difficult, but the computer will need to be retrained or something, so i let my local workshop did it.
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Originally Posted by Marmoot View Post
With mine, the error was intermittent at the start, becoming more frequent, until one day it may permanently there.
The gear position sensor is the bronze little nubbin thing that you can see at the back end of the crankcase, particularly looking from around the right rearset.
Changing it is not too difficult, but the computer will need to be retrained or something, so i let my local workshop did it.
Is this one?

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Yep, there it is.
You''ll only find it on 1st Gen Panis, 1299 does have a different sensor.
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Yep, there it is.
You''ll only find it on 1st Gen Panis, 1299 does have a different sensor.
Thank you much!
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Mine went twice on me on my 13. finicky sensor. Without this functioning perfectly, you may find your bike acting like a raging bull while on the freeway
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