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After changing oil feel like clutch are slipping didn't do it until i chang my oil ?

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Did you follow your service manual recommendations for oil changes. Your bike may require two different oils in different locations. Call your service center, to verify.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

  • 02bafloat Jan 02, 2011

    If you used the wrong type oil (long lfe synthetic or energy saving) the issue will appear at highway speeds in 5th gear. It may also be your Clutch Spring. If that is the case you may need to change that. I found the problem when I put in the wrong synthetic oil.. Not specific for Motorcycles with a wet clutch. Even when I changed oil again it did not help. Had to change the spring and all has been great for last 6,000 miles. Just a few suggestions...



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