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Postby gregbeers » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:52 am

Anybody have any ideas why my clutch wont release after sitting for extended periods

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Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:09 am

The clutch disks end up getting stuck together if it sits for too long. It's about as simple as that.

Put the bike up on the center stand so that the rear wheel is in the air, pull the clutch lever in, shift to first gear, and start the bike. The bike will think it is declutched (because the clutch lever is pulled in), but will spin the wheel as it starts (because it is not actually declutched).

Very carefully, making sure the rear wheel doesn't touch the ground (important!), while holding the clutch lever in, rev the engine up to near redline. Apply rear brake, and as doing so, open the throttle, to keep the engine making lots of power. The idea is to create massive shearing forces on the stuck clutch. It may take several attempts, stalling the engine on unsuccessful attempts.

Once it's broken free and working fine, I'd do a Seafoam treatment on your engine oil, to try to remove any deposits on your clutch discs. Or...just ride your bike more often! :)

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