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No drive bike stood 3 month,front brake binding slightly,bike moved 20 feet then died no gears cluthch leaver feels normal

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  • David Balogh May 11, 2010

    Does the gear lever feel normal? Does it 'sound' like it selects a gear (ie the usual neutral to 1st gear crunch/clunk)?


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Hi! Brake issue should clear with use however as it is a floating caliper you may want to strip it and cleaning out any **** from behind the pads, alternativly and being carefull use a quality rubber mallet and tap the outside of the caliper a few times apply the brake and do it again until the resistance is lost when pushing the bike forward and applying then releasing the front brake.
Sounds like clutch problem regarding No gears, if it has a duplex or even triplex chain these can break. If direct drive then clutch centre may have detatched leaving plates in limbo. if the plates were stuck together you would get gears. Without engine running push into any gear rock bike forward and backward if engine turns then keep clutch lever in and keep rocking this may free em off if not take cluctch cover off and release them.
Hope this helPS! Good luck!
Paul 'W'

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