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Clutch not responding to leever

The bike was stood for a while on side stand when i went to ride it the clutch would not work

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U are going to have to trust me on this one. put the bike on its center stand with the front wheel touching a with the rear wheel off the ground and the bike running in nutral.pull the clutch in and put it into 1 gear.Keeping the rear wheel off the ground .if u feel that u have skills. have a friend hold the front of the bike down .and run the bike throw the gears.u dont have to give it that much gas.your just looking to free up the clutch plates. p.s i promise u this will work. JUST BECAREFULL!!!

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