Let's face it, the 690 and 701 are great bikes, but the transmissions shift like garbage. The idea is that when you nudge the shifter it should actually go into the next gear. False neutrals in the upper gears and a generally notchy feel to them does't exactly inspire confidence either.
Posted by Brent on 22nd Oct 2019
I tried to contact Factory Pro by phone and by email twice but they never answered me back, so i wonder what kind of product support I would get with them if something went wrong. Rottweiler replied that the fit was good and have always offered great customer service, but i really wanted to hear it from Factory Pro. No more false neutrals between 5th and 6th gear which makes this well worth it.
Posted by Joe Doty on 26th Aug 2019
I've installed these factory pro shift kits in multiple bikes. From customers bikes, to my own.. I just put one in my 2019 KTM 690 smcr which was throwing false neutrals between 1st and 2nd, and 5th and 6th. I installed the shift kit with the ceramic bearing, and it salved all my issues that KTM should have put in their bikes stock. Even if you dont have false neutral issues, this kit will give your shifting a more positive feel, and better engagement period. Highly recommend getting one.
Posted by brian on 8th Aug 2019
A good product that takes care on those annoying ktm false neutrals
I bought the ceramic version but a friend had the steel version and it works very well
I got the gasket as well which was 40 and cheaper than AUSTRALIAN ktm dealers !!!
The service and communication after purchase was very good and I’d recommend buying here
Posted by Andy on 20th Jun 2019
Easy installation and definitely improves shifting. No false neutrals or sticking in gear at high rpm anymore, so I guess it's worth it. It is stupid expensive considering the stock detent arm is $9 and the stock spring is $2. Makes you wonder if there is a detent arm from another bike that fits. My yz125 ball bearing shift arm was $14 from Yamaha. Definitely dont spend the extra for the ceramic bearings, they are not needed in this application. I rolled the dice and reused the clutch cover gasket too
Posted by ronny stephens on 1st Jun 2019
this shift arm and spring was a simple job, it certainly makes a big difference on up and down shifts,so far no false neutrals!
Posted by Unknown on 6th Sep 2018
Installed this along with changing to amsoil and replaced the clutch cover gasket. Fixed the false neutrals i was having from 2-3 and 4-5, and it shifts much quicker now. The 5-6 false neutral is still there sometimes if you really wind it out in 5th. Took it to the track the first weekend I installed it and had to consciously shift into 6. Good but not perfect.
2017 701sm 2500mi
Posted by Unknown on 7th Jul 2018
I track my 701 regularly and have been plagued by false neutrals consistently since I got it. Changing to Motul 300V and installing this shift kit made the transmission buttery smooth with no issues at all. I'm completely stoked!
Posted by Chad on 17th May 2018
Install on my 2018 701 supermoto. Before shifting was very CLUNKY feeling and I had numerous missed shifts and false neutrals. I was starting to question buying this bike. Installed this kit and OMG what a difference. I am so happy with the way it performs now. Gearbox feels very smooth and I haven't missed a shift yet.
Posted by Keith on 4th May 2018
This shift kit has a stiffer spring (which is annoying to install!!!) Good thing it's worth it! With the ceramic bearing, the spring pulls the shift cleanly into position even if you don't do a good job of shifting. It won't cure what feels like a crunchy gearbox, but the shifts are positive and clean.
Posted by cliff on 23rd Apr 2018
Had 2 complaints with my new SM. Exhaust was too hot and quiet and the dang false neutrals. Was so exited to see this fix when I came to this website. The shifts are so crisp now its unbelievable. If money was tight this would be my first upgrade for sure.
Posted by Sammy on 6th May 2017
I've been wanting one of these for a while and finally pulled the trigger to install during my spring bike maintenance (riding season is finally here in Alaska).
End result I'm totally blown away how much better my 690 shifts now. I can no longer get false neutrals going from 5th to 6th at highway speeds even trying to by barely shifting. Wish I had bought this a long time ago. All the shifts feel really solid on top of the false neutral problem being gone.
The instructions factory pro have on their website aren't very good, but there's a helpful video of another rider doing this install on Youtube that makes it super simple.
If you're on the fence for this upgrade, do it. Definitely worth the cash.