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post #1 of 9 Old 05-20-2012, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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2012 Clutch Issue

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New AL2 in the UK - Clutch is dragging. If I put the bike on centre stand, engage 1st gear, wheel spins at an indicated 5 to 6 mph. The bike had its 1st service yesterday (600 miles) at Suzuki main dealer. Semi synthetic oil was put in, JASO MA2 certified. I don't think I had this problem before the service, I have done 100 miles since the service was done. Anyone else had this issue? - Thanks
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-20-2012, 12:53 PM
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It's normal for a wet clutch to spin the rear wheel on a centerstand. The colder the oil, the more hydraulic force is transferred. In fact, the cold oil will basically glue the plates together until the bike is put into gear with the tire on the ground or the rear brake is applied with the tire in the air while in gear to break the plate's bond. Putting the bike in first from neutral when first starting out will cause a lurch too as the wet plates are stuck to each other. Don't be concerned about it unless the bike wants to creep forward when stopped with the clutch lever pulled back, or you can't stop the wheel in the air with your hand when warm after the plates are initially separated. That's too much force.

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Most transmissions will even spin the drive wheel(s) in neutral, if the wheels are in the air. There is always some small friction somewhere.

Try pushing your shoe against the sidewall of the tyre, you should be able to make it stop without much effort.
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Don't be concerned about it unless the bike wants to creep forward when stopped with the clutch lever pulled back, or you can't stop the wheel in the air with your hand when warm after the plates are initially separated. That's too much force.
If it does creep, how do you fix it?

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If it does creep, how do you fix it?
Do the clutch and and/or cable adjustments as outlined in the service manual. I'm not looking forward to the day the former is needed. Unlike the clutch adjuster on the older bikes that is accessible from under the sprocket cover, the adjuster on the 2012 is under the clutch cover. That means draining the oil and coolant and installing a new gasket. I think I may assign the water pump rebuild and clutch pushrod adjustment as a set of tasks. If one is needed and the mileage is not ridiculously low for a water pump rebuild, I'll also do the other.
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I gotta say I LOVE the 2012 clutch! If I really slowly let the clutch out, and I mean really slowly, I do not even need to twist the throttle to get her moving! This thing is sooo smooth!
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I'm not looking forward to the day the former is needed. Unlike the clutch adjuster on the older bikes that is accessible from under the sprocket cover, the adjuster on the 2012 is under the clutch cover.
Greywolf, would having it inside the clutch cover, where I assume it is bathed in oil, make adjustments almost unheard of? Meaning it should not show hardly any wear in that environment. Time will tell. It could be an overall improvement.

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The actuation is an improvement. Chances are it will handle 50,000 miles rsdily the way I ride. It was just a surprise to see the way it is set up.

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Sorry guys. Not one of my best moments!

I did a topic search and just posted without looking or reading! :biggrinjester:

I will repost in the Vee thread.

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