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No resistance on clutch lever (2000 Millie RSV)

Bike has been sitting over winter and now I've gone to use it there is no resistance from the clutch lever. Any tips??

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    Dick May 11, 2010

    Bleed the system and go from there.



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Check the slave cylinder then bleed the clutch if you have a miti vac vacum pump attach the pipe to the bleed nipple and pump to full vacum then with the fluid resiviour cap off and filled open the nipple

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