Sleeping beauty has spongy clutch.


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Sleeping beauty has spongy clutch.

Postby made2care » Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:19 pm



Well, cant figure this one out. I rebuilt the master cylinder, bled lines way back 6 months ago. Now that its warm outside, clutch lever becoming spongy. Does fine at the beginning of the ride, but once she warms up, the lever goes soft. 30 min after the bike sits, clutch lever is back to normal. I have checked for leaks, no leaks. fluid level is fine. Original lines.
Any suggestions?
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Re: Sleeping beauty has spongy clutch.

Postby robb » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:26 pm

Did you use Dot4 fluid. Have you tried to bleed at banjo fitting. If you still can't get the clutch to work properly you can tie the lever down, turn the handlebars to the right and leave it over night.

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Re: Sleeping beauty has spongy clutch.

Postby Happytrails » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:52 am

Have you had a chance to rebuild the clutch slave cylinder yet? It may have gummed up inside and needs cleaned/rebuilt. Can not guess why it does it after 30 min and then fine again. But it is one more possibility.
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Re: Sleeping beauty has spongy clutch.

Postby Rob H » Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:51 am

robb wrote:Did you use Dot4 fluid. Have you tried to bleed at banjo fitting. If you still can't get the clutch to work properly you can tie the lever down, turn the handlebars to the right and leave it over night.


This has worked for me in the past, I normally pump the clutch or brake lever(whichever is applicable, it works for both) until it feels normal then cable tie it to the grip and leave it overnight.

Next morning just cut off the cable tie and the lever feels great!

Rob




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