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Old August 5th, 2016   #1
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Default Clutch Engagement/Disengagement Point

Just got my ST out for a shakedown ride in preparation for a ride up into the Canadian Rockies later this month. It had been sitting about 9 months in the garage and had no problems the last time I rode it.

Today however, the clutch would not fully disengage when pulled all the way back. It looked like the fluid was low - so I stopped and got some new DOT 4 and topped it off. It worked better - but I noticed that the clutch engagement/disengagement point is still very close to the hand grip and am still having some trouble shifting out of first when stopped with the bike running (like up into neutral).

The fluid is a couple of years old - but still not dark or anything like I've see in the the past prior to the last change.

I searched the forums and didn't find anything specifically addressing this issue.

Is there an adjustment anywhere on the bike for the engage/disengage point on the clutch lever?

Thanks in advance.
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Old August 5th, 2016   #2
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Flush and Bleed the system.
"couple of years old"
It has served well and now it needs to be replaced.


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Old August 6th, 2016   #3
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The fluid you can see may be OK, what about the fluid you can't see?
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No adjustment.

I agree your first course of action is change the clutch fluid.

That should do it but if it doesn't the next step is changing out the clutch and slave cylinders.
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While the fluid you can see may look okay, the fluid down at the slave cylinder is probably black as ink. As the others have said, flush it. You may be surprised.
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Thanks for the feedback - I'll get that fluid changed asap.

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You don't want a fire, like what happened to mine.
It was an expensive repair.
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Old August 8th, 2016   #8
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Default Re: Clutch Engagement/Disengagement Point

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You don't want a fire, like what happened to mine.
It was an expensive repair.
Err, I think you will find you had a brake issue.

If it was low you may have some air in the system. Clutches are harder to bleed than brakes because you cant feel the pressure on the leaver so easily, go with caution if you haven't done one before.
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The point was about changing the fluid and keeping stuff clean.
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I also had some difficulty in this area, the fluid of course is high on short list. I found the brass pivot in clutch handle worn out and changing it was like brand new
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