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post #1 of 17 Old 08-15-2018, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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First gear "lurch"

I have a 2014 Wee with about 14,000 miles on it. It's had a complete check-over by a dealership in the last year and generally, it runs fine. I changed the oil and filter about a thousand miles ago.

When I first start the engine and I engage the clutch and put it into first gear, the bike does a tiny little "lurch" forward. Nothing dangerous, nothing I can't control. It doesn't stall the engine. When the engine has warmed up, it doesn't happen anymore. Everything else is fine, no shifting or clutch problems at all.

It doesn't really bother me and I know to expect it. My only concern is that it is a symptom of something going wrong or out of adjustment. Is this normal, or something I should see my dealer about?

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-15-2018, 09:19 PM
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Clunking into 1st is a pretty common feature amongst wees. Mine seems to be doing it less and less as time goes on...

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Especially cold. Mine jumps too. I assume she is anxious to get on the road. 2013 kfh000
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The Wee lurch doesn't bother me at all. I hardly notice it.

Of course, I switched from a BMW 1150 GS. A bone rattling ka-CHUNK! Every time. Hot or cold.

So, I don't worry about it.

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All bikes I have or have had do this, except for the DR650 for some reason. It is a characteristic of multi-plate wet clutches. The plates stick together until you break them apart the first time. My Strom and Gixxus do it every time I go into first from neutral, regardless of how long I've ridden. There is a way to reduce it - before you start the bike, put it in gear, pull the clutch and push the bike to unstick the clutch plates. Sometimes this can be difficult to do.

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This occurs to a varying degree to ALL wet clutch motorcycles and is completely normal. It is worst when starting a cold engine.

It can be moderated to an extent by trialing different brands of oil. An oil that flows easier when cold will reduce the effect.
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I had a Yamaha 125 in 1976 that literally would not disengage the clutch if you did not ride it for a few weeks. Rock back and forth over and over until it let go. I had kind of forgotten about how hard it would stick.

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Like the guy said before you hit the starter put it in gear ,pull in the clutch and rock it back and forth to unstick the oil bath clutch. then hit the starter with it in low and the clutch loosened up. when warm you don't have to do this. some oils are stickier than others when cold.
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This occurs to a varying degree to ALL wet clutch motorcycles and is completely normal. It is worst when starting a cold engine.
+1

common. '92 KLR 250/'06 Wee/'14 CTX1300 all did the same thing. My current V2 does it too, but to a lesser extent. Nothing to worry about.
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Following what has already been said, try this:

After starting, leave bike in neutral, engage/disengage clutch and move bike backwards a little bit. Then pull in clutch and shift into 1st....you should have little to no clunk!

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