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post #1 of 2 Old 09-12-2005, 10:31 AM
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***Help*** Clutch and Speedometer

First my speedometer stopped working; I removed the pickup on the left side near the clutch operator and noticed that something had eaten into it. The thing is mounted into a plastic cover with one screw holding it. I also noticed something was creating a hole in the plastic cover just below the pickup; it seems to be on the inside and it is melting the plastic to create this hole.

I then wanted to remove the cover to see what was on the inside creating the hole and destroying the speedo pickup, but I thought the clutch operator was in the way. I loosened the two allen head bolts which hold the thing in and realized that it was spring loaded and tightened the bolts back again but the bolts were really hard to tighten up. When I had them tight I tried to work the clutch lever but after a few squeezes it bound up. I then loosened the bolts again and noticed that I had the thing in crooked, I got it in straight and tightened the bolts and they made up nicely. The clutch lever operated nicely and I thought all was ok except for the speedo which I would bring to the dealer to fix.

The engine started but when I put it in first gear the engine quit. After a few tries it went into gear but the bike will not move when the clutch is released.

Is there someone there who has taken the clutch operator off and who has any ideas about what is happening??
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-12-2005, 03:34 PM
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Well if you remove the clutch slave cylinder, the first step is to pull the clutch lever and secure it against the grips using a piece of velcro, a rubberband or piece of string/rope. One can then remove the slave without having the similar issues you ran into.

I don't recall that this bike has a clutch safety switch but it may well have, most bikes do now, I would secure the clutch lever and then remove the slave cylinder and sprocket cover and inspect what is causing the melting issues, then reassemble it paying close attention to the clutch rod and and the fit of the parts as well as looking to see if any other wiring is damaged or broken.

Sorry that beyond that I can't help more.

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