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Honda shadow clutch slipping

I just did an oil change on my Honda 750 2008 Shadow. I switched to synthetic oil. now the clutch slips. Will it work itself out? Must I do another oil change? Is it screwed forever???

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How many miles are on the Bike? Could be time for a clutch adjustment, or replacement. Make sure you also change the clutch springs as they wear also. Just to be safe go back to using your regular oil, I do not prefer the synthetic oil in my bike...

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Your clutch plates have lasted 25 years. It is probably time to get some new plates. Have your dealer get you a set of Barnett clutch plates.

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