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Clutch has started to drag after bike has not been used for four weeks?

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Clutch not fully disengaging. May, (most likely), need a fluid change in the clutch master cylinder, (on the handlebar). The wrong engine oil could cause clutch issues also. Does it drag only when hot or all the time?

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  • Worn clutch lever (at gearbox). Lever is not moving the pusher far enough to fully disengage the clutch. A new lever would be needed.
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