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post #1 of 8 Old 08-24-2007, 04:45 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Clutch won't disengage completely

I have a 07 Vee. It has about 6,000 miles on it now. Wednesday after work I pulled out coming to the stop sign right before entering the main road. Was slowing down and turning when I pulled the clutch in nothing happened.Well at least nothing with the clutch. The bike stalled handle bars snapped all the way around to full lock and I went flying. I was able to at least tuck and roll and just got bruised up and a sore shoulder. The bike lost a turn signal, bent my end weight on the handle bars, bent my foot brake slightly and the rear foot peg little bit. At first I thought it was rider error thought I must have just stalled it. Picked it up and rode it home and then to football practice. Went down to look it over last night got everything patched up went to start it clutch will not fully disengage. Any Ideas what might be causing this, it seems to be intermittant.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-24-2007, 05:06 AM
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Take off the cover over the front sprocket, make sure everything in there is reasonably clean.

If you are lucky - that's the problem.
While you have that open, work the lever and make sure it hasn't started to break and is jamming in the cable housing.

Otherwise.
Intermittent, broken clutch spring is most likely.

Sorry - the good news is that it's easy to check and easy (and relatively cheap) to fix.

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You said you own a Vee...do you mean a 1000? If so, check the fluid level because the clutch is hydraulically actuated. If there is fluid, remove the cover over the sprocket to see if everything is ok and clean.

If you meant you own a ...Wee, like in 650, check for cable adjustment on the bar first. See if there is proper tension on the cable from the beginning of the lever's race. If everything seems ok there, take the sprocket cover off and, as said in the previous post, check to see if everything that is actuated by the cable is clean and operating freely. Also check if the rod that is actuated by the whole mechanism and that goes through the transmission is not bent.

....otherwise,....spend money!
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Try bleeding the hydrolic clutch, just like bleeding brakes. Sounds like maybe air in the lines, or perhaps a leak? Could be a good time to upgrade to a SS clutch line.

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Yes I said the Vee as in the 1000. The bike is still under the one year warranty so I am going up to the dealership tomorrow to talk to them about it. I have only had it since the end of april. I did check for fluid level and the mastercylinder is full. I have not pulled the cover yet, or tried bleeding it yet till I talk to them. Plus with working ten hours and coaching pee-wee football I haven't had much time to do anything with it. I was just hopeing someone would say " Oh no big deal this is common the little doo hicky pops off, just pop it back on and you are good to go" Wishful thinking huh.
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Just thought I would give an update on my clutch situation. I had the bike up to Williamson's honda in Mill Hall yesterday. It was actually about 10 min after closing. Carl the owner was still there and said he would let me drop it off to be looked at tomorrow. He ended up looking at it himself right there. He siad it sounded like the old triumphs he used to sell whose clutch plates would stick together. So he started it up put it in nuetral had me push him to get going and sure enough when he pulled the clutch in and put it in gear they freed up and started working fine.
Conclusion was that another cycle shop near by had told me to put the Suzuki V-twin 20-50 oil in it. Well bad idea, he said the oil is to thick and sticky for the clutch.Was designed for the m-109 and air cooled engines. I have to change the oil a couple times to get it all out. If that don't work they will tear the clutch out and clean it. This all toook a total of 30 minutes of his own time and he helped me load it back up and get on my way. Total Cost $0. Carl is a great guy to deal with. He loves these bikes.
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Just thought I would give an update on my clutch situation. I had the bike up to Williamson's honda in Mill Hall yesterday. It was actually about 10 min after closing. Carl the owner was still there and said he would let me drop it off to be looked at tomorrow. He ended up looking at it himself right there. He siad it sounded like the old triumphs he used to sell whose clutch plates would stick together. So he started it up put it in nuetral had me push him to get going and sure enough when he pulled the clutch in and put it in gear they freed up and started working fine.
Conclusion was that another cycle shop near by had told me to put the Suzuki V-twin 20-50 oil in it. Well bad idea, he said the oil is to thick and sticky for the clutch.Was designed for the m-109 and air cooled engines. I have to change the oil a couple times to get it all out. If that don't work they will tear the clutch out and clean it. This all toook a total of 30 minutes of his own time and he helped me load it back up and get on my way. Total Cost $0. Carl is a great guy to deal with. He loves these bikes.
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That is awesome that you have such a great dealer, and that you are all fixed. As for the oil being too thick......I am very sceptical of that. I run 15W50 all year long, and I have had zero problems with clutch smoothness, engagement, dis-engagement or anything else for that matter. Other people run 20W50 with no problems either, so I guess that I am a little bewildered. If the oil truly was the problem, than I guess that gives us something to think about. I can't say that I have heard of many clutch issues other than a little noise.

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I think the main problem was not letting it warm up first. It was a cooler day than normal around here. I jumped on started it and took off. First time I had ever done that, was in a hurry. Plus I think it is more a problem of the friction additives than the thickness. I have been riding the bike everyday since and not a problem. I just let it warm up first.
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