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post #1 of 10 Old 04-06-2011, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Did the Doo and now.............

I did the Doo and changed my oil and now after the bike has been sitting overnight and I crank it the next day and put it in gear it lurches forward like I don't have the clutch lever pressed in after the initial time of it doing that it works fine, until the next day. I look at the oil sight glass and it is near the top when held level before cranking it. Did I do something wrong or did the clutch pick this time to need adjusting?

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-06-2011, 09:28 PM
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Everything is fine and you did nothing wrong. That is a basic characteristc of a wet clutch, sometimes they stick causing the bike to lurch when you first shift into gear. NBD
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post #4 of 10 Old 04-07-2011, 02:43 AM
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Pump your clutch a few times with the bike running in neutral and this will free it. Keeps it from jumping when you drop it in 1st.
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-07-2011, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Didn't do it before the oil change so I guess it's the different oil. I am using 15-40 Rotella T, not sure what the previous owner was using.

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Pump your clutch a few times with the bike running in neutral and this will free it. Keeps it from jumping when you drop it in 1st.
I use Rotella 15-40 and this is what I have to do. Usually just 2-3 pulls of the clutch lever while in neutral (with the bike running, maybe blip the throttle a few times while doing so) makes the shift into 1st smooth after the bike has been sitting awhile.

I'm not an expert on this, but it makes sense to me that switching oils might affect how much the clutch plates stick when sitting, so maybe it's just more noticeable now that you switched to the Rotella. Mine's done it since the day I bought it.



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post #7 of 10 Old 04-12-2011, 03:02 PM
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Thought I'd chime in on this one. The best way to free the disks (per the KLR FAQ) is to put the bike in gear, clutch in, not running and roll it around a bit. You'll feel a little resistance, but once thats over it'll roll freely, and the lurch will be gone.

Alternatively, getting a tiny bit of a rolling start can minimize the lurch.

I've never tried the multiple clutch pulling thing, so I'll give that a whirl later.
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-12-2011, 07:59 PM
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I would say that it is good practice to roll the bike back and forth a few times before you start it pretty much all the time (I always do when it is cold, not always when I have been riding for a while). A few false neutral grabs taught me that lesson. And my Honda likes to pretend it's in neutral pretty much all the time. With the kick start, you can look and feel pretty damn foolish.




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post #9 of 10 Old 04-12-2011, 08:18 PM
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I've had my bike for about a year now and it has always done this. As stated before, when you start the motor simply pull and release the clutch about six or eight times as the motor is worming up. When you go to put it in gear it bearly lurches but pretty normal.

If I don't do this, five out of eight times my motor will quit as soon as I put her in gear and it's like I didn't even pull in the clutch the gear just hits and motor quits.

Hope that helps.

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