Clutch Has Poor Disengagement after Stored 5 Years
Posted July 31, 2013 - 07:58 PM
Here is what's going on... Fire it up, let it warm up. Go for a ride. The clutch engages like normal from a cold start and take off. After you are moving and get ready to shift into second, it's got a ton of drag, to the point where if you pull it in, it still will move the bike. It eventually will break free if you come to a stop with the brakes and the clutch pulled in. Then it's the same thing all over once you get going again. It's pretty hard to shift as you would expect because of the drag. It just doesnt seem like it has enough hours to have a worn basket yet.
Could this be lack of oil on the plates from sitting? I have ridden it maybe 2 miles since it's been brought back to life. I have also tried adjusting the clutch even further out than I normally would to try to get it to disengage further. No change, other than a very late engagement at take off.....
Any ideas? I have tried a search, but has anyone had something like this? I know some cold drag is normal, but this is not normal.
Posted July 31, 2013 - 08:11 PM
Posted July 31, 2013 - 09:21 PM
Thanks for the advice.
Posted August 01, 2013 - 05:11 AM
You've got clutch fiber plates that are partly dryed and partly wet, so they do not disengage in a straight line.
Also, that clutch has a lot of drag stock anyway.
If it persists, you can inspect the basket for notching (probably none), install a clutch lever with a higher ratio (more disengagement with less pull) or even install all inner steels (removing the thicker outer steels) for more disengagement.
I've never owned a WR that didn't require little to no free-play in the clutch lever and a full pull to the bars for complete disengagement, with all stock parts....