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    Recently, when I start my bike and put it in gear with the clutch lever pulled all the way in, the bike lurches forward. The clutch lever is adjusted so that the gap before the slack is taken up from total lever release is the thickness of a nickel. The bike has 51K on it, and I don't know if the clutch cable has ever been changed. Oil is Amsoil 10w50? Is this a forewarning of clutch failure or what? Any insight as to impending doom is appreciated, as similar symptoms on a previous , hydraulic clutched bike was caused by overheating (THAT was no fun!)

  • #2
    Mine does the same thing when it's cold, I think it's normal.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by boomerA View Post
      Recently, when I start my bike and put it in gear with the clutch lever pulled all the way in, the bike lurches forward. The clutch lever is adjusted so that the gap before the slack is taken up from total lever release is the thickness of a nickel. The bike has 51K on it, and I don't know if the clutch cable has ever been changed. Oil is Amsoil 10w50? Is this a forewarning of clutch failure or what? Any insight as to impending doom is appreciated, as similar symptoms on a previous , hydraulic clutched bike was caused by overheating (THAT was no fun!)
      If it only does that when the motor/oil is cold going into 1st gear it's ok because it's caused by the cold oil clinging to clutch plates not allowing them to fully release when clutch lever is pulled in and going into 1st gear making bike lurch.

      Thats why i hold the front brake on every time i go into 1st gear when the motor/oil are cold to stop the bike from lurching.

      But If it does this when motor/oil are up to norm op temp that means the clutch isn't releasing enough/properly requiring adj to release a bit more & or if still does this with proper adj would mean clutch plates & metal spacers were warped likely due to a slipping clutch overheating the clutch requiring replacement of all fiber clutch plates & metal spacer plates too.

      i'd also replace clutch spring (use EBC spring,it's 10-15% stronger) along with replacing release/throwout bearing when replacing clutch plates too.

      Scott

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      • #4
        My 06 does it on occasion too; only when cold. How long ago was the last oil change? If it's been a while, try throwing some Seafoam in the oil and ride it a couple hundred miles then change the oil and filter.

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        • #5
          I probably was experiencing this for quite a while, but just noticed it recently while moving the bike back into the garage. AFA time between oil changes, I was unable to ride for most of 2017, and only started riding again this past July. Previous oil change was just prior to my trip from Dallas to Topok, AZ, following Rte 66. Since the oil is Amsoil, I thought I could go longer between oil changes (and the trip was cooler and wetter than the previous one).

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