how to unstick a stuck clutch.

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how to unstick a stuck clutch.

Post by jaimenv »

My 1200 sits in my driveway all of the time, I do start it once every week, haven't been able to get my bike license.
Last time I notice the clutch master soft and dry/empty upon inspection.
Found that the slave have been leaking, cleaned it and blead it till it got nice and firm like before.
Yet if I put the bike in gear while holding the clutch in the engine dies.
So I figure my clutch is sticking from just sitting.

What is the safes way to unstick the clutch.
Should I put it in the center stand hold the clutch lever in put it in gear and rev it up then stand on the rear break? or
Should I put it in gear hold the clutch lever in and try to start it?

I tried putting it in gear hold the clutch in and roll it back and forth with negative results.
I can hear the slave working when the lever is pulled and release.

Help thanks in advance.

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I am going to give it a shot, much less violent than the ideas above.

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Re: how to unstick a stuck clutch.

Post by froche »

Well he makes a good point but says he wouldn't use electric starter to kick it over..

So when you can start the bike I would
Change the oil and filter
Put the bike in neutral, you can do that with the bike not running. Rocking the bike back and forth helps.
Start the bike and let it get warm
Exercise the clutch lever and hold it in for a while (that clamp idea is great)
You might have to do that several times.
Next you need to thin the oil, Seafoam is one way. Others have their own way, some people drain a quart and use some diesel.
Start the bike and don't rev it up. Get it warm and drain the oil.
Change oil and filter.

It will probably be free at that point, if not start and let it get warm, exercising the clutch lever.

My 1985 Aspencade has a stuck clutch every morning until I get the engine started so a little bit stuck might be normal.

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