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post #1 of 81 Old 08-29-2014, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Clutch issue

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have had my 14 N1K for about 5 months, have about 2300 miles on it not.

lately, when i leave for work and go to down shift when coming up to a stop the clutch will not disengage. this happens in 3, 2 and 1 gear.

i have done all of the following
-checked/changed the oil
-checked the clutch fluid
-adjusted the clutch hand lever

just dropped it off at a authorized Kawasaki repair shop hoping that its something small.

was wondering if anyone else has had a issue like this.
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Yes I am having the same issue. Let us know what you find out.

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picked up the bike and to no surprise, was told "cant find a issue"

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Sorry to hear that. I will post what I fined out when it goes in for service in a couple of weeks.

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here's some background info.

... go to down shift when coming up to a stop the clutch will not disengage. this happens in 3, 2 and 1 gear...
So what do you do? You force it to the lower gear with the drive engaged or does it eventually disengage? The clutch not disengaging is very strange since it is all mechanical. I don't believe they changed to a hydraulic clutch in 14 did they? I could see the clutch not engaging as a more probable issue with the cable or mechanism sticking.

I would lubricate the cable.

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I have gotten use to blipping the throttle that seems to free the clutch. It happens in the higher gears on my bike. It has happened since day 1. It is not the clutch cable if it was it would do it all the time. It feels like the clutch plates are sticking together. An old Triumph, BSA thing years ago. We will see what my dealer says when I take it to him. I have tried different oils.
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I would lubricate the cable.
Don't do that. Modern bikes have teflon-coated cable sheaths and do not require lubrication. In fact, lubricating teflon-coated cables can result in the lube itself breaking down the teflon, and then you'll need to replace it.
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picked up the bike and to no surprise, was told "cant find a issue"

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Do you mean that they didn't acknowledge the issue you described, or they were unable to find a cause for the issue you described?

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I have gotten use to blipping the throttle that seems to free the clutch. It happens in the higher gears on my bike. It has happened since day 1. It is not the clutch cable if it was it would do it all the time. It feels like the clutch plates are sticking together. An old Triumph, BSA thing years ago. We will see what my dealer says when I take it to him. I have tried different oils.
In the FJR community we have "sticking clutch plates" too. The solution is to pull the clutch pack, separate the plates and soak them in fresh oil overnight.

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heres the best way to describe the issue.

leaving the house to go to work is it only 30km.
therefore ill get into 2nd gear ans coast along.

once i get to the stop sign about .5 miles away i will release the throttle then pull the clutch in.
as i do this the clutch will stay engaged for about 2-3 seconds as the lever is pulled in.

hope this explains it a lil bit better
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I just got back from a great ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 2 days up on the parkway and 1 day home on I 81 about a 1000 miles total and 7000 on the bike and all my clutch dragging problems seem to be gone. I hope. My symptoms were the same as solgrernys.
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