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2001 suzuki rm 250-Clutch feels like it is grabbing to much only from a stop?, it's making a weird noise when the clutch is being disengauged and sometimes stalls. checked clutch plates and basket and everything seems fine. Clutch is perfect when changing gears and taking off from a slow roll... please help! thx

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I have the same bike doing the same thing, I think this problem is caused by running regular or synthetic motor oils intended for cars rather than using motorcycle specific 10- 40wt. Motorcycle specific oils have friction properties that support long life of the friction plates in your clutch, regular motor oils can cause your friction plates to heat up and glaze over. I think That's what gives you that grabby all or nothing feel when taking off from a stop.

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