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    DCT Clutch Calibration

    Not sure if this has been covered before but just in case...

    I noticed that my 2013 NC700XD had developed a slight tendency to want to creep forward at stoplights, not enough to really be a problem but slightly annoying sometimes. I noticed that in the service manual there is a clutch learning mode/calibration routine that can be activated without the official programming box, using only the handlebar switchgear (yay Honda.) After performing the calibration, bingo... auto clutch was working perfectly again, no creep at all.


    The procedure is as follows:

    1. Fully warm the engine to normal operating temperature.

    2. Make sure that the stop/run switch is in the 'run' position and then turn on the ignition switch while holding down the 'D' shift switch on the right handlebar. Hold down the 'D' switch until the MIL (engine icon) goes off. You should see the outline of the the gear selector box on the LCD display but it should be empty (no D or S, no gear shown).

    3. Operate the shift selector switch as follows (one push for each): D-D-N-D-N . After this is done 'D' and 'S' should show in the gear indicator box, along with a '-' sign in the center flashing at approx. 2 second intervals. (If you see an 'L' in the display the engine is not warm enough, if so then shut off the ignition, start the bike and bring it up to normal operating temperature, shut it off, and start again at Step 2.)

    4. Start the engine and let it idle. Do not touch the throttle. The calibration is complete when the D and S indicators disappear. Shut off the engine and the calibration process is complete. (If the '-' starts blinking rapidly at 1/2 second intervals then the calibration process failed, shut of the ignition and repeat from Step 2.)


    I wouldn't advise messing with the calibration just for the hell of it, but if you are experiencing a minor running problem such as the one I described above it may help.
    Last edited by smiller; 16th July 2016 at 12:37.

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    I do this, every time the DCT does not behave.
    Every time after the procedure,
    it has put the shift timing like it was when new.

    I expect to do this several times a year;
    and after every oil change.
    If you don't do it and like how the DCT shifts, kudos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lootzyan View Post
    Don't expect much from it. It's mostly done only in one case:
    "If the PCM is replaced, perform the Clutch Initialize Learning Procedure... "
    No, the service manual states "If the PCM and/or clutch is replaced, perform the following procedure..." Or at least mine does. This procedure is intended to be used if the PCM is replaced or if the clutch is replaced. In the latter case it calibrates the clutch. This is clear by looking at the entire procedure in the service manual, which I didn't include for brevity.

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    Does anyone know if it's the same procedure for the 2016bikes? I have noticed that sometimes the dct is still pushing as I come to a stop whereas on my previous 2 bikes I never noticed this. I have also noticed a roughness at very low speeds, and think this might be connected. When I first got the bike I was impressed with how smooth the reprogramming for a softer clutch at low speeds had seemed, so I think something has changed and maybe recalibration will help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike5100 View Post
    Does anyone know if it's the same procedure for the 2016bikes?
    I doubt there would be any harm in trying it, probably the worst thing that would happen is that it doesn't work.

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    I reinitialized my Africa Twin after the 1st oil change.
    Smooth as butter.

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    Mine's smooth as butter after 3 oil changes and 15,000 miles. I hope mine does not start to creep or misbehave but so far it has operated just as Honda designed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smiller View Post
    I doubt there would be any harm in trying it, probably the worst thing that would happen is that it doesn't work.
    I did it tonight for giggles. It works. Can't say I really notice anything.

    Is it supposed to train the clutches so it knows how much oil to pump in to get it to lock up? That's my guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCTFAN View Post
    I reinitialized my Africa Twin after the 1st oil change.
    Smooth as butter.
    I tried it on mine yesterday and I can't get it to work. DCT Clutch Calibration Not sure what I'm not doing right. I just did my 600 mile service last Friday. Since then when I cold start it and put it in gear it wants to creep a little, but when it warms up it doesn't do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDE View Post
    I tried it on mine yesterday and I can't get it to work. DCT Clutch Calibration Not sure what I'm not doing right. I just did my 600 mile service last Friday. Since then when I cold start it and put it in gear it wants to creep a little, but when it warms up it doesn't do it.

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    Since it changed after the service and the symptom is temperature related, one question that comes to mind is what oil viscosity was installed? Honda calls for 10w-30 or 10w-40.
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