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post #1 of 13 Old 10-29-2016, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch slipping?!!!

So I decided to get the bike ready for winter... since it is a nice day I figured I'd give it a wash (rare occasion!), put some stabilizer in the tank, go for a quick ride to circulate the stabilizer and warm up the oil for a good drain.

So, after a quick wash, as I head out I notice that my rpm is going up but the bike doesn't seem to move all that quickly. I pulled over to remove my ear plugs (NO idea why!), get back on the bike and there it goes again, if I twist the throttle a bit too hard the revs go up but the bike is not going.... son of a b^*ch, my clutch is slipping!

I haven't been out on the bike in a couple of weeks and the last time I was out everything was fine. All I did today was to wash the bike.
So I changed the oil to see if that would make a difference, but it didn't... still slipping.

In 35 years of ridin I have never had a clutch go on me - or even slip, so I'm in foreign territory. The bike only has 16,500Km (about 10K miles) on it, there's no way the clutch could be toast already?

Any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated. Anything I can do?
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About the only thing I can think of is your clutch slave cylinder sticking. The clutches in these bikes is very tough and almost never known to slipping. That said, the 2014+ has a bit different inner hub, which actually applies more pressure to the clutch under higher load. Could be that it is having an issue. But, I don't think it would act up as badly as your description. There is almost NO chance you have hurt the clutch plates yet. I have yet to see that done on a DL 1000. Something ( like the slave cylinder not fully releasing ) is causing the clutch plates to not have normal pressure applied.

Any chance you installed a new clutch lever?

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Any chance you installed a new clutch lever?
Stock levers.
No, absolutely nothing has changed since the last time I rode... which was only a couple of weeks ago - and everything was fine then. The bike wasn't moved, or even touched. All I did today was to wash the bike.

Would removing the slave and cleaning it be worth a try?
Would chain slack have anything to do with it? (sorry, that was probably a stupid question)

I have zero knowledge when it comes to clutches... so I am at a loss right now.
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First look would be the slave cylinder pushrod. It is known to get gunk on it from the chain, and it may be stuck "in", and applying constant pressure on the clutch. Remove the slave cylinder bolts and pull the pushrod out to clean it.


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What sort of oil do you use?
We used to have issues with a certain brand of oil causing v twins to slip.
I don't bring it up anymore because it causes a shit storm with people who love that oil.
Could be a few things though, if you're not confident it may involve a trip to the bike doctor!
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What sort of oil do you use?
We used to have issues with a certain brand of oil causing v twins to slip.
No, it isn't the oil. It wasn't slipping two weeks ago and before that with the same oil in. But that was my first thought too... maybe some water got in the oil while washing the bike (highly unlikely, but I was trying to consider any possibility), so I changed the oil - it is motorcycle-specific MA-certified (not just MA-compliant as many oils claim to be). But that didn't make any difference.

I'm going to pull the slave off, as soon as I have some time, and see if there might be any problems there...
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Check the pushrod that goes into the engine as recommended earlier while you are in there. At your mileage I wouldn't think there is that much build up, but you need to be sure.
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Realshelby you were spot on!
There was a chunk of dirt sticking to the pushrod that kept it from moving freely and fully disengaging the clutch. It was getting stuck on the plastic sprocket-cover that also goes around the pushrod. I guess washing the bike and wetting the 'greasy chunk of dirt' made it more prone to sticking.

Thanks for your help...
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There are a few posts on here from people that have made covers for the pushrod.

I made a pushrod cover and also removed the plastic sprocket cover to help keep things clean.

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I check that area every oil change, but on the 650 it is "much easier" and quicker than on the 1000. Do away with sticky gooey chain lube, highly recommend "original bike spirits" or the "Dupont chain saver".

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