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Started bike, pulled clutch lever, put bike in 1st gear, let out on clutch and nothing happened. clutch lever moves freely with no tension at all. when i put the kickstand down it shuts off like its supposed to so im figuring that it is at least in gear. just wont engage.

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The clutch lever should have some tension, so could be a problem with the hydraulic actuator stuck, or a failure of the clutch. try bleeding the clutch, or pull the clutch cover off and see if the pressure plate moves

Posted on Apr 25, 2010

  • Brittney Reynolds Nov 02, 2015

    AND WHAT IF THE PRESSURE PLATES DO MOVE, THEN WHAT?? I'm having the same problem with my bike right now! Thank you



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