Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Need help diagonosing a noise, may be clutch related - RESOLVED
I have a noise. OK, yeah, another thread on diagnosing a noise.
I first heard this noise back on my trip ‘round California, but I thought it had gone away.
Here’s the deal – when starting up normally in first gear I hear two distinct clunks as I let the clutch out. Under normal start-up they are separated by about a second or so.
The noise sounds like a “shuck”…”shuck”, or a “clunk”…”clunk”. The noise is very similar to the noise that I associate with shifting from first to second, only softer, if that helps characterize it.
When I was on the trip ‘round California and first noticed it we were in heavy traffic and I actually thought it was Dave shifting into second behind me.
I don’t always hear the second clunk. Occasionally I can feel sort of a shudder or vibration, very light, as the clutch gets fully engaged.
Theorizing, could it be that the clutch plates have some play on their shaft and are slipping into final position? Would the shudder be indicative of the clutch going south? The bike started this at about 12,000 miles. That seems short for clutch life. I’m generally easy on the bike, but have worked it pretty hard off-road. Might’ve sustained some sort of damage.
I use Rotella Dino oil, and have since the bike was new. The oil currently has about 500 miles on it.
Any thoughts or theories would be appreciated.
Tom [email protected]
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