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Old February 1st, 2017, 02:53 PM   #1
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Clutch???

Still trying to get this bike back on the road. Went to go for a short ride and it seems the clutch isn't engaging. From neutral, pull the clutch lever and pop it in first, the bike lunges and stalls. Suggestions? Fluid looks good and the lever is smooth until the end when it <slightly> bumps..I removed the salve cylinder and the pushrod won't move and I can't pull it out.

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Old February 1st, 2017, 03:00 PM   #2
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Sounds to me like there's air in the system. I'd try bleeding it both at the master and slave cylinder. How many miles are on the current clutch pack?
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Old February 1st, 2017, 03:02 PM   #3
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Does the lever feel as if it's giving you resistance? Also when the bikes running in neutral and you pull the lever in and release it can you hear it get quieter? It should stop the propeller sound when the lever is pulled in
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Old February 1st, 2017, 03:24 PM   #4
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7000 miles. I was able to get the pushrod out using a tap and hammer...It was pretty dry in the middle (no oil or grease) I'm beginning to think it was seized and some lubrication may do it some good. and, no, the clutch sound didn't change when I pulled.

We may be on to something......poor bike was neglected by the P/O......

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Average street riding should see around 12,000 miles from the oem clutch. If he hammered it at the drag strip then that would have accelerated the wear. It sounds like air got in the system because the way a hydraulic clutch works, air being in the system would make it so the fluid can't apply the correct amount of pressure to engage the clutch. Dot4 is a non compressible liquid which is one of the attributes that makes it work for our bikes
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Old February 1st, 2017, 06:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the input. I'll flush/bleed the system tomorrow and grease the pushrod. Hopefully, this will get things in order!
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I hope it all works out! If it doesn't then I'm sure some more knowledgeable members will be on and can walk you through a fix.
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Well, several plates/discs were rusted together. P/O left it outside with no clutch cover >: Guess I'll order a new kit.....

The wait goes on.....
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Dang that'll do it.
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Old February 2nd, 2017, 06:44 PM   #10
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If you had access to a blasting cabinet... Those will clean up.

I would also do this when you put the clutch back together:

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Problem solved!!! "SOMEONE"....didn't realize that the pressure plate had to be put back on a certain way....Once that was fixed, we're back and ready for the road! Thanks!
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