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post #1 of 6 Old 06-17-2016, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch issue/ question

So I bought my left over test model 2014 v strom 1000 adv in January and now currently have 3600 miles on it. Whenever I try to really get hard on the throttle I can feel the clutch just slipping until it slowly speeds up or I let off the throttle. Is this how the clutch is setup on these bikes or do I have a bigger issue? Thanks for the help.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-17-2016, 05:40 PM
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Unless you put energy conserving car oil in it, I cannot understand how or why the clutch would be slipping. Of course you did say "test model" but the clutch plates in these bikes are tougher than hell.

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Can you watch the tach needle rise, then come back down while in the same gear?

Two things I know of that can make a DL 1000 clutch slip.

First is if the pushrod on the left side of the engine is crudded up so bad that it is slow to return to proper position. That is usually only felt in the lower gears after taking off from a stop.

Second is if there are two clutch plates installed in the short slot of the clutch basket. Which is usually severe slippage, often not rideable.

If you think it is slipping, then confirm the tach needle is rising. You could try feathering the clutch lever also. If it is already slipping, feathering the lever will REALLY make it slip!

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The tach needle never really goes up and back down, it is almost like traction control kicking in. I leave tc off BTW. It has done it since I got it with 1k miles, I cleaned the area around the push rod at 2500 miles when I dropped a tooth in the front which made it worse when trying to launch hard.
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If covered by warranty, let the dealer sort it out.

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I don't think your clutch is slipping. If the tach isn't showing increase in rpms suddenly, it is not the clutch......or the tires spinning!

One other test for the clutch is to be running in 6th gear, pull in the clutch lever and roll on the throttle. Then release the clutch lever. If the engine rpms don't flare up much or at all the clutch is holding just fine. Clutches slip worse in higher ( ie. 5th & 6th gears ) than the lower gears if there is a real problem with them.

'12 DL 650 '14 BMW R 1200 RT

WERKS modified clutch baskets for DL and SV 1000's.
The BEST in chudder control, noise control, and lasting durability! AVAILABLE HERE: www.werksparts.com

Have questions about the clutch in your DL or SV 1000? E-mail Terry [email protected]
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