'84 sticky clutch

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'84 sticky clutch

Post by tom84std » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:13 am

Not really sure what's going on. My house and my bikes have sat unattended for about six weeks while I was in the hospital. I came home and went to the bike and found the clutch to be GLUED together. I bled the clutch hydraulics just to make sure, still stuck. I held the clutch lever IN with the engine not running while it was in gear and rocked the bike back and forth for several minutes trying to free the thing. Finally I started the bike in neutral, held in the clutch and with the engine running about 1500 RPM I hit first gear. It slammed into gear and the bike lurched but instantly freed the clutch and it operated normally after that.

Have any of you guys had your clutch stick together this way? I'm using good quality motor oil and keep it always fresh and clean. This bike has a history of doing this. The clutch stack is always stuck together after sitting for extended periods but once unstuck, operates normally.

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Re: '84 sticky clutch

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:20 pm

My 83,84,and 88 will do this.Louisiana weather.....high humidity and 20/50 Castrol.Temps running from 30* to 80* in 3 days.
Leave it set a month,crank it up an stuff it in gear and kill the engine.
Depending on the weather,moon phase and how anxious I'm wanting to drive. :)
I tend to believe that it's moisture condensation or some such mystery that happens in the clutch pack.
I did remove the clutch in the 83 and found no problems.
Further proof that you should never stop riding your wing.
I think its just stiction in the clutch pack,and the type of oil used in those conditions.
If it's bothersome,run synthetic oil.

Oh and yes "stiction" is a real word :D

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