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Cycleman4 11-26-2012 01:43 PM

Clutch?
 
While riding this past weekend I thought i felt something strange under acceleration from a stop. felt like it took a second for the clutch to let go completely. Thought it might be wheel spin since I was riding in the dirt. Then on the way home on the tarmac i was in 3rd gear and punched it and again it felt like the RPM's ran up but the speed did not increase quickly like it should. I have never had clutch issues on any other bike so forgive my lack of knowledge. What am I headed for? thanks for your input.

High Country Herb 11-26-2012 01:50 PM

It does sound like the clutch is slipping. If it is adjustable, losening the cable may fix the problem. I'm guessing yours has a hydraulic clutch, though, which I am not that familiar with. It could be that the plunger is sticking in the clutch master cyclinder or slave cyclinder, or it may need a new clutch.

If you've ever thought about adding a slipper clutch or Rekluse clutch, this could be a good time to do it.

Geek 11-26-2012 01:56 PM

The clutch plates/springs are pretty easy to do.. you can swap them in ~20 mins if you know what you are doing (check the HOW if you aren''t familiar - www.ktm950.info ). Mine had been fine for 25,000 miles .. and then one day I decided to ride the bike over Pearl Pass :rofl

I ordered my plate/spring kit from CJdesigns and it was at my door two days later :thumb

http://topgeek.smugmug.com/Adventure...MG_6325-XL.jpg

p.s. make sure you properly torque/spec the clutch plate spring bolts so you don't pull a "Qwik" :hide :D :freaky

Cycleman4 11-26-2012 04:19 PM

Thanks for the info guys. Has anyone used the Barnett clutch rebuild kit?

Central Cali Rider 11-28-2012 06:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Geek (Post 20121770)
The clutch plates/springs are pretty easy to do.. you can swap them in ~20 mins if you know what you are doing (check the HOW if you aren''t familiar - www.ktm950.info ). Mine had been fine for 25,000 miles .. and then one day I decided to ride the bike over Pearl Pass :rofl

I ordered my plate/spring kit from CJdesigns and it was at my door two days later :thumb

http://topgeek.smugmug.com/Adventure...MG_6325-XL.jpg

p.s. make sure you properly torque/spec the clutch plate spring bolts so you don't pull a "Qwik" :hide :D :freaky

Now that is a clean arse work bench... No beer caps , grease, dirt, extra bolts which weren't needed Bravo :clap

geometrician 11-28-2012 07:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by High Country Herb (Post 20121730)
It does sound like the clutch is slipping. If it is adjustable, losening the cable may fix the problem. I'm guessing yours has a hydraulic clutch, though, which I am not that familiar with. It could be that the plunger is sticking in the clutch master cyclinder or slave cyclinder, or it may need a new clutch

another expert lurker working on increasing their post count :lol3

mikeegee 11-29-2012 06:00 PM

Yeah, I used a Barnett, and all was fine until my oil jet decided to plug up.

All things considered, it couldn't have happened at a better time as I was in the woods behind CJ's house at his big bike weekend extravaganza.

The Barnett comes with a stringer spring, so be prepared for a bit of a stiffer clutch than the stock - which I run now.

It's a perfect time, however, to take a look at the Rekluse. If you've ever thought of it the money you'll spend on new clutch disks will go a long way in that direction. Given the chance, I'd redo my choice for the KTM clutch and get the Rekluse.

Of course, you can also get one of those from CJ.

triplenickel 11-29-2012 08:06 PM

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Originally Posted by geometrician (Post 20133934)
another expert lurker working on increasing their post count :lol3

You don't think it could be the cable?

gefr 11-29-2012 10:50 PM

I think the clutch booster sometimes plays up.
 
I believe I have experienced the same with the OP. The clutch kind of slips and then engages completely. Comes and goes I believe. Nothing to worry about. I don't remember being the sign of failed clutch.
Cheers.

walstibsf 11-30-2012 03:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cycleman4 (Post 20121687)
While riding this past weekend I thought i felt something strange under acceleration from a stop. felt like it took a second for the clutch to let go completely. Thought it might be wheel spin since I was riding in the dirt. Then on the way home on the tarmac i was in 3rd gear and punched it and again it felt like the RPM's ran up but the speed did not increase quickly like it should. I have never had clutch issues on any other bike so forgive my lack of knowledge. What am I headed for? thanks for your input.

Out of curiosity: How many miles on your bike now? And when was the last time service included cleaning the clutch oil jet?:lurk

walstibsf 11-30-2012 03:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Central Cali Rider (Post 20133409)
Now that is a clean arse work bench... No beer caps , grease, dirt, extra bolts which weren't needed Bravo :clap

Not only that, the granite portion is reserved for more important parts like triple clamps......etc.............:evil

Cycleman4 11-30-2012 10:56 AM

I am going to get into the bike this weekend. I will check the cable and the oil jet. The bike has just under 12k on the clock. Thanks for the ideas.

gefr 11-30-2012 03:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cycleman4 (Post 20150054)
I will check the cable

The only cables are the throttle cables. Your clutch is hydraulic. They are pulling your leg.
Cheers.

Qwik 11-30-2012 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Geek (Post 20121770)
p.s. make sure you properly torque/spec the clutch plate spring bolts so you don't pull a "Qwik" :hide :D :freaky

:cry

:D:D

dlrides 12-01-2012 07:46 AM

Check clutch booster before replacing clutch.


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