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post #1 of 13 Old 12-24-2007, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sticking clutch?

I have a 2002 KLR (3800 miles) that if it sets for a week or more the clutch plates seem to stick. At least thats what I think is happening. What happens is that if left unridden for several days when first started up and placed in gear it will lurch forward. But after this happens then all is ok. Clutch will disingage just fine. Today was cold about 38 in the morning. I haven't ridden the bike for about 3 weeks. By noon it had warmed up to about 55-60 and I decided to go for a ride. But this time the clutch stayed engaged untill after several starts and gear engaging. What seemed to help was to place it in gear and rock it back and forth while holding the clutch in. Then I could feel as the ctutch would desingage. All seems ok now. Clutch operation seems just fine.

I have not seen any issues about this here on the Forum. Do you think I have a problem starting or is this a characteristic trait? Thanks for any info.
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-24-2007, 10:58 PM
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No worries, its a normal trait and you've figured out the solution. A couple of good blips on the throttle usually frees the clutch up also.

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post #3 of 13 Old 12-25-2007, 12:55 AM
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As someone mentioned once.......especially good advice in the winter. Hold the front brake while shifting the first time after starting the bike.
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What happens is that if left unridden for several days when first started up and placed in gear it will lurch forward.
As a BMW rider, you'll be used to my next sentence..

They all do that...
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-26-2007, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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OK! Well that makes me feel much better. I was starting to worry. Especially the other day when it was cold and it took a few minutes to unstick the clutch. Appreciate the info!!!

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post #6 of 13 Old 12-27-2007, 12:58 AM
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I imagine that replacing the clutch springs wouldn't hurt either.

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I have a new 07 here in Colo. and it seems to have the same issue. for sure its cold now, I have ridden these bikes in the summer and don't remember this issue. Another brand of clutch might be the cure.
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My 07 will do it from time to time, even in warm weather. The oil drains down from the clutch discs causing them to stick to each other for a couple minutes till the oil allows them to slip when the clutch lever is pulled in. A way to keep it from jerking when putting into gear, is to pull in the lever and roll the bike back and forth a couple of times causing the discs to release, at least I have had luck doing this.

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The cure is to rock the bike back and forth once before starting, while in gear but in with the clutch pulled in. As DX mentioned.
Seriously.. This isn't an issue. Tap it in first gear, pull the clutch in and move the bike a foot and it won't lurch when running.
This is normal, and I don't remember having a bike with a wet clutch that didn't do this in some form when it's cold out.
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A way to keep it from jerking when putting into gear, is to pull in the lever and roll the bike back and forth a couple of times causing the discs to release, at least I have had luck doing this.------------

Thanks! I had been doing this since I bought the bike ( but only if not used for a week or longer, no problems when used regularly ) and found it to be a good way to un-stick the discs. But what got me concerned last week was in trying this it took quite a lot of rocking and effort to get them to release. This was the first time I can recall taking it out in 50-60 deg weather. It had been in the 38-40 deg range during the night and stored in an un-heated storage building. And I hadn't riddden it in about 3 weeks.

Thanks again for all the info. It is comforting to know that this normal trait for the KLR. I suspected as much but since new to the KLR I didn't want to assume. I had another concern that same day, it was very had to start! But I just read about a member having concerns about his 2008 being hard to start in cold weather. The replys also state this is a normal trait and how to fix that! Is this a GREAT FORUM or what!!! Ha Ha Ha! I really enjoy!

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