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I've got an 2004 R1 in topp notch condition, it has stood still for near on two months, today wanted to go out on it only to find it wont go into gear?

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  • derek_kersey Jan 01, 2009

    Hi there Rselvy, thanks for the solutions to my R1 prob, gonna give it a go today will let you know how I get on Happy new Year to you.

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2009

    Helo gents, I have a 98 yzfr1 and my problem is when I shift in to 1st The bike shuts off. I think it is stuck in gear. the clutch cable works fine and the clutch plates are not stuck to gether. I pulled them out all the way till i found the retaining nut. But when I try to spin the plate casing the whole bike wants to move. Any ideas?

  • Van_Kerr May 11, 2010

    Hi ..... Depending on your storage proceedures you may find oil has drained from the clutch plates and operating system. If you have a paddock stand sit it level and allow the motor to fully warm up before attempting to engage gear ........... Is your oil at the correct level ?



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This is not a tough fix. What has happened is the clutch plates are "stuck" together. Not uncommon when a bike sits for a while. Real easy fix and does not require taking anything apart.
Here you go, and I know this sounds funny but this works and will save you lots of anguish and $$$$. Simply put the bike up against a firm wall with the front tire against it. Put the bike I neutral and start the bike. Pull the clutch in the raise the RPM's to about 3000 - 4000, then put it into first gear. The bike will jump, thats why you put it against the wall, and this will break the clutch lose. You may have to do it a couple of times but you will break it free. The other way to fix this, if you want to be real technical, is to remove the clutch cover, remove the clutch springs which will give you access to the plates by removing the outer cover. Now you simply need to pull out the plates, they will be stuck together, and simply break them lose and clean them off and reinstall them. Make sure you replace the clutch cover gasket or you will have problems.
Personally I'd chose the first recommendation, I have done it hundreds of times for customers and saved them lots of money.
Best of luck, Have a great New Year and I hope you can now go for your ride. Let me know if you need any further assistance.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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    Rob Selvy Jan 01, 2009

    FYI, the bike can sit for 10 years and it wont make a difference on how the clutch works or reacts unless the plates get stuck together like they are right now. Just make sure the oil level is correct, which I'm confident you already did, and start the bike up. The engine, clutch, and transmission ALL run in the same oil and it is a wet sump motor so the oil is



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    centrifugally spun in the engine and pumped through the main shafts as well as the head and crankshaft.
    Bottom line is when you fire it up and warm it up like I recommended I'd also while warming it up keep pulling the clutch in and out several times. It's most likely going to need the slight jar as I recommended. You can also try to "Bump" start it in second gear. When you hit the shifter into second gear make sure the clutch is in then as well, it may be all you need to brake it lose.

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    Rob Selvy Jan 02, 2009

    Hey Derek,
    Just wondering if you were able to get your bike running? I'm hoping you did not have any problems breaking the clutch plates lose.
    Please let me know how it went,



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oil is a bit thick let it warm up then pump the clutch a few times

if that dosnt work , with the motor off put the bike in third geat and rock the bike backwars and forwards a few times to free up the plates

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