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post #1 of 29 Old 08-03-2013, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Delo 400 problem maybe

Changed the oil in my KLR recently and used delo 400 which is popular among a lot of motorcycle forums, including here. Now since the change on first start up when I put it in gear it kills the engine, put in neutral, start it up again, rev it a little and jam it in gear and all is good. I have no idea what the PO was using but it did not do that until I changed oil. I never used delo in my GL1800 but a lot of GL1500 owners love it. I like the rotella T5 10/30 and can't get delo in 10/30 which is recommended in the 1800. May try rotella next time.

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Changed the oil in my KLR recently and used delo 400 which is popular among a lot of motorcycle forums, including here. Now since the change on first start up when I put it in gear it kills the engine, put in neutral, start it up again, rev it a little and jam it in gear and all is good. I have no idea what the PO was using but it did not do that until I changed oil. I never used delo in my GL1800 but a lot of GL1500 owners love it. I like the rotella T5 10/30 and can't get delo in 10/30 which is recommended in the 1800. May try rotella next time.
Seems to be a common issue if the bike sits for sometime, the clutch plates stick together, I work the clutch a few times and rev the engine before putting it in gear. I use Rotella 15w40.
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Yup, super common KLR malady... It's even worse when it's cold out. I usually start mine up and back it out of the garage and give the clutch a couple of squeezes before getting ready to put it in gear, seems to loosen them a little. Then I just give it a little burp of throttle before I drop it into first. It's done this on my 08 since I got it (2400 km's) and I've tried all different oils.
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I stick it in gear, pull the clutch, and push it forward a few steps, then neutral and start.

Seems to work.

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Seems to be a common issue if the bike sits for sometime, the clutch plates stick together, .

Is 36 hours "some time"? It's not really a problem but seems strange it never did that before changing the oil.

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Can you find out what the previous owner was using??

And ya, 36 hours is long enough. I use Rotella and have the same thing happening.

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Do not think it is related directly to the oil.

We have 2 KLRs '01 and an '06. Use the same oil in each of them but it is only my wife's ('01) that does the clutch grab on first shift into gear.
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post #8 of 29 Old 08-04-2013, 09:59 AM
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Some Book say, "The wet clutch disk-adhesion problem, we shall always have among us."

The DEGREE with which this problem manifests itself depends upon many factors, including temperature, oil viscosity, oil lubricity, etc., etc.

Take comfort from that start-up lurch when you first put your bike in gear; everything's working as intended!
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post #9 of 29 Old 08-04-2013, 02:36 PM
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"They all do that". Maybe not as bad but the clutch plates do stick.

Start in neutral, pull clutch, rev it a couple times to break the clutch loose before you drop it into gear. Should help.
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Start in neutral, pull clutch, rev it a couple times to break the clutch loose before you drop it into gear. Should help.
That's what I do. Or, just rev it up, kick it into gear and hang on......



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