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checking out a used 2014, to me it feels like the bike is pulling when i have the clutch lever pulled in. (fyi, i've only had cable-controlled clutches in my riding career)
it's not enough to fight grade, and i don't think it felt like i really had to fight it with my feet on the ground. but i was fairly certain it's pulling.
I've seen the thread with the dirty push rod into the engine... but testing this, i won't be able to disassemble and look.
is slight pulling gonna happen, or generally a symptom of a not-too-pricey fix?
 

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A wet plate clutch will transfer some power through the oil between plates, more so when the oil is cold. It should not be enough to make shifting clunky except for the first time a gear is selected after starting in neutral. If the bike moves with the clutch lever pulled back or causes gears to crunch, the clutch is not releasing fully.
 

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Once after a long day fully loaded in Arizona heat, the clutch plates on my Triumph were sticking the next morning. It felt totally weird that the bike was going uphill in first with the lever to the bar. I could sense the plates were sticky at other times, but never that bad. Fresh oil could possibly help. Maybe the plates are toast, too?
 

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No really. The problem is most likely as simple as cleaning out around the hydraulic plunger. As you have already read about, it is a known problem. Not a big task and a non pricy fix.
 

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It is not uncommon for the clutch on the 2014 DL1000 to drag a bit much more than what most of us have experienced on any DL650 or on any other bike for that matter. This is not the normal drag that you get with a multi-plate oil bathed clutch but really an indication the clutch is not releasing fully.

Is it normal.. no, not normal. Some people have said cleaning gunk from the front sprocket area can help. Some (me included) have had slave cylinders that leak so that they don't release the clutch fully. And at least one person (me) has had worn clutch release pushrods whose wear prevented the clutch from fully releasing.

I would say that even though my issues appears to be much better than it was, it still is nowhere near as nice a clutch action as what I have experienced on my DL650's.

..Tom
 

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again... good to know. if you've seen my other posts... this is just part of a checklist i'm trying tocome up with fast for looking at a used 2014. want to hit the known high points of issues before making my mind up on the bike.
 

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My 2014 clutch has never had any drag. It was when I saw a bit of seepage from the cylinder that I found out about the goo buildup problem in there. Now it's just yearly maintenance.
 
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