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post #1 of 6 Old 12-26-2018, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Cold clutch?

This is my 1st bike with a hydraulic clutch. Seems like when it's cold out the clutch throw changes. I often work 3rd shift and get on the bike in the morning when it's below freezing. Sometimes it feels like the the clutch is still a little engaged with lever pulled all the way in. The owners manual says there is no adjustment and it's self adjusting. After the bike warms up and I've ridden a ways seems like it's back to its normal throw. Any thoughts? Probably just how hydraulic fluid behavior in the cold.


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post #2 of 6 Old 12-26-2018, 07:09 PM
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It should get back to normal very quickly. For me, it is basically OK once I am out of the driveway.
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Yeah I have found if I cycle it a couple of times it helps.

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Cold motor oil can also make the clutch feel that way.

As the motor oil warms up the clutch plates will spin more freely.

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As long as you can put it in first gear with the clutch pulled in, and the bike doesn't try to run away on you, it is more or less normal. While there is no mechanical adjustment, you can make the system work better in many cases by flushing and then filling with new fluid. Then a really good bleeding of the system. Don't know what year your bike is. Even if a 2018 it could have fluid over a year old by now. Clutch systems put a LOT more contamination into the fluid than brake systems do. In my opinion they should be flushed every year. It will pay off in the long run!
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Perhaps your Strom is trying to tell you something?

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