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Sticky clutch when cold? 4 months 3 weeks ago #112671

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My clutch "sticks"... enough to pull the motor dead when engaging 1st gear when it stood for a couple of days...

Adjustment is good. Once engaged once or twice its perfect.

I use Shell Helix oil...

Was seviced before the dome run 16th... Fresh oil and filter.

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Sticky clutch when cold? 4 months 3 weeks ago #112674

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GvdH wrote:

I use Shell Helix oil...

There is your answer.
That is car engine oil not for a bike with a wet clutch!

Castrol Actevo.
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Sticky clutch when cold? 4 months 3 weeks ago #112683

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All KLR's do it. I let mine warm up while I put on my gear and then push it backwards a few feet before putting it into gear. It helps most of the time, but sometimes the bike still jumps.
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Re:Sticky clutch when cold? 4 months 3 weeks ago #112685

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It's a wet cluch. They do that. The oil prevents the plates from separating when the bike has not been ridden a while. Before starting, put the bike in 1st, pull cluch and rock the bike back on forth a few times. Maybe it helps.

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Re:Sticky clutch when cold? 4 months 3 weeks ago #112686

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Voël wrote:
It's a wet cluch. They do that. The oil prevents the plates from separating when the bike has not been ridden a while. Before starting, put the bike in 1st, pull cluch and rock the bike back on forth a few times. Maybe it helps.

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Agree, 1st gear selection is then much easier.
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Sticky clutch when cold? 4 months 3 weeks ago #112688

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Thanx Gents...

I know whet clutches do that.. it just seems a little worse after the last service.

Maybe it's cos its winter.. and i'm not riding nearly as much as i used to.
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Sticky clutch when cold? 4 months 3 weeks ago #112689

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GvdH wrote:
Thanx Gents...

I know wet clutches do that.. it just seems a little worse after the last service.

Maybe it's cos its winter.. and i'm not riding nearly as much as i used to.
Likely because of the cold and the lack of riding, yes. I also use Shell Helix and have never had a problem.

+1 on letting the bike warm up a bit and I pull in my clutch and rev the engine slightly just before engaging 1st.
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Sticky clutch when cold? 4 months 3 weeks ago #112690

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Mine has also done that, even with Actevo. Walking it back and forth a few steps definitely helps.
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Sticky clutch when cold? 4 months 3 weeks ago #112699

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ja I think all KLR's do that - mine also has a heart attack with that initial 1st gear selection in the mornings.
I have two remedies: luckily i have a steep driveway, so I let the bike idle for a while while I put in my earplugs and balaclava and helmet and gloves... then I let the bike run down the driveway and while it's in motion, I hold the clutch and pop it in first. this has the same effect as a revolving door that is already rotating at walking speed...

alternatively, if there is no downhill, I would once again let it idle and warm up. then I turn the engine off, put it in first (obviously holding in the clutch) and then start the bike again, while in first gear - which also alleviates the jumping and jerking and lurching - but for your second to option to work, you need to have your clutch neutral sensor bypassed.
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Sticky clutch when cold? 4 months 3 weeks ago #112702

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Pannas wrote:
... but for your second to option to work, you need to have your clutch neutral sensor bypassed.
Sorry to go off topic, (and I'm speaking under correction) but I believe that you can start the bike in gear (while holding the clutch) even if the switch is still functional.

The switch only prohibits starting if the bike is both in gear and the clutch is not pulled. In other words, if the bike is in neutral it will start regardless of clutch and if the bike is in gear, it will start if the clutch is pulled.
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