I need diagnostic assistance in the Clutch Department
I am at a loss.
DL1000K5 - 46,000 miles - just back from a 3200 mile trip through Alabama, all systems functioning well.
Task: new chain and sprockets - installed. (I have done this twice before without incident.) No parts left over. No blatant fluid losses observed.
Symptom: Motor and rear wheel not connected to each other.
Clutch and sidestand engine interlock functional.
Sprockets, chain and wheels all rotate when manually rolling bike back and forth.
Clutch slave cylinder clean, bled, properly installed and functional.
Clutch control offers appropriate and familiar resistance.
Pushrod clean, straight and fully seated in case and slave.
Engine off, bike in any and every gear. Roll bike manually forward and back a couple of feet: bike appears to be in neutral = no resistance.
Engine on, neutral light on. Shift to first. Familiar clunk. Release clutch control = no motion or change in engine speed.
Remove slave cylinder. Pushrod is free. Select any and every gear, roll bike forward and aft = no resistance.
What's the verdict, Doc?
I conclude that something I have done has damaged the clutch, preventing it from releasing.
My clutch basket has always been noisy, from mile one. It did not appear to be any worse on this trip, though it's entirely possible I have become habituated to an increasing level - especially with my fabulous new Etymotic earphones!
Still, this is failure is almost certainly not a coincidence. My clutch basket does not now appear to be making ANY noise.
I plan to keep this bike forever - should have bought two of them.
So I can do a slave rebuild and a clutch replacement without too much heartburn or disappointment.
I would prefer that one of you write back and remind me that I forgot the turn the adjuster nut on the left hand frabberjabber defillibrator to the left 5 degrees, so that I can slap my forehead, shout "d'oh" and go riding this afternoon.
Thanks in advance.
"We also know how cruel the truth often is, and we wonder whether delusion is not more consoling." - Henri Poincaire