Sticking Clutch

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Sticking Clutch

Post by ncprog4 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:59 am

I have a 1983 GL1100I that has a problem with the clutch sticking first thing in the morning. When I drop it into gear, it stalls the engine immediately. After that, it works fine the rest of the day. It doesn't matter what the temperature is. I normally run automotive 20-50 oil. I tried using synthetic motorcycle oil but that didn't make any difference. I have the engine out of the bike and the clutch disks look fine and measure about .140 which is within spec. In fact, it measures like a new one.
Any ideas?

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Re: Sticking Clutch

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:30 pm

You've tried all the things I would think of trying...except adjusting the clutch cable. It could be just not disengaging the clutch quite enough, and when it's cold, that's enough to have enough friction (with the cold oil) to stall the engine.

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Re: Sticking Clutch

Post by Grant » Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:10 pm

Most bikes do this to some degree, the longer between rides, the more it sticks. My BMW is uncanny in that it doesn't do it at all (single dry clutch plate). I usually rock the bike in gear (clutch in) before I start it, you can hit the starter then or put it in nuetral & start as you normally would. You could start it first in nuetral, kill the engine once it's a little warm & then try to free the clutch by rocking. If you can roll downhill as you select first gear also helps. Just do what you can, to make life easier for your transmission to get over that "first start hurdle".

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Re: Sticking Clutch

Post by jimac » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:05 am

My Kawasaki does this all the time. To free it I just pull the clutch in, twist some revs on (about 3000rpm), grab the front brake and drop it into 1st. There's a tremendous clunk then it's OK for the rest of the day. I've never had the problem with my GL1100 though.

I read somewhere that this is often caused by using oil that is designed for cars. Once the oil is soaked into the clutch it is almost impossible to remove it without changing the clutch. I haven't tried using a flushing oil or additive yet but it might be worth a try.

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Re: Sticking Clutch

Post by ramdam1 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:37 pm

My 1981 does the same thing but only when it is below 40 or I haven't ridden it for a long time. Just like the other responses once it gets going it is fine. Also just like all the old Wings the starter gives me pain when it is cold too. Want to ride the old ones we have to live with a little pain.

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