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post #1 of 12 Old 04-21-2008, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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After the bike sits for a few days there is a nasty Clank the first time you put it in gear. I assume this is because the wet clutch is dry. Does this Clank hurt the transmission?
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-21-2008, 12:10 PM
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Is normal for these bikes. Just pull the clutch and roll it back and forth a couple of times before starting or after starting to break the discs loose, before putting in gear.

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-21-2008, 12:12 PM
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Pulling the clutch and revving a couple of times before shifting into 1st seems to reduce the cold clank on mine. I don't think it's a huge deal, I just don't like it -- like the buzz when some of the plastic fastners decide to loosen.
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-21-2008, 12:16 PM
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Speakin of plastic buzz, we figured out if you cut a length of the loop 'soft' portion of velcro and put it on the fairing where the black plastic headlight cover touches, it cuts out 99% of the buzzing sound

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post #5 of 12 Old 04-21-2008, 01:04 PM
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Outstanding velco idea. Thanks. I'll advise.
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-21-2008, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well, now.... on the subject of tupperware buzz. My other bike is a BMW K1200LT. A bike that has a lot of tupperware. I have been using foam door insulation to try to trap and kill some of the buzzing and rattling. I found the stuff with one side sticky works pretty well.
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-21-2008, 03:05 PM
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Another excellent idea, we just always have some velcro around, I am betting the foam probably works better.

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post #8 of 12 Old 04-22-2008, 12:39 PM
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I have a similar issue, after I warm up the bike and back it out of the garage if I don't disengage the clutch a couple of times before putting it in gear it will try to take off on me. As soon as it starts to move forward the clutch releases but it is still unsettling.

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-22-2008, 03:01 PM
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What is going on there is that the clutch plates stick together. I have found the gentle-ist (if that;s a word) way to break them loose is to start and warm the engine, get the bike rolling a little, pull in the clutch lever at idle and snick it into gear. Or, you can break them loose before you start the engine by putting in gear, clutch in and bump the bike back and forth against the stuck plates which will start slipping more and more. Then start up and ride off.

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-23-2008, 10:23 AM
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Use a diesel specific oil such as Delo 400 or Rotella and the clank will go away. At least it did for me. YMMV

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