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    Destroyed a clutch while riding downhill with the motor off..

    .... I took a spill in the snow and bent the shifter.. I decided to ride back down the mountain to repair with proper tools.. the bike was stuck in 1st so I figured id ride down with the bike off and the clutch disengaged... Ill admit im new to bikes, but what did I do wrong? I thought if the clutch was disengaged it wouldn't 'burn up'... was the motor supposed to be running? Anyway, heres a vid of me bending the shifter.. and the 1st one is me coming down the mountain and eventually destroying the clutch.... ..

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    Yes the motor is supposed to be running...! You should have running the motor with the clutch disengaged.

    Our bikes are wet clutch bikes..! Meaning the clutch eventhough disengaged needs a constant flow of oil to function. Oil will not low if engine is not running.
    Sad story..!
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    Next time just get the tool kit out and bend the shifter clear of the cases.
    Ya gotta finish the loop, it's your only way out!

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    Could it be something else. I wouldnt think it would hurt the bike.

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    looks like you were doing pretty well in slippery, tricky trail before that low speed dismount.

    i've done that before and leaned into the bike from the opposite side to bend the shifter back with my foot, i've also used a branch to bend it clear. i wouldn't have known to keep the motor running to lubricate it either.

    hope you're up and running again soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by small's View Post
    I wouldnt think it would hurt the bike.
    Quote Originally Posted by joeband View Post

    i wouldn't have known to keep the motor running to lubricate it either.
    Ditto,
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    Too bad as you were doing so well conquering late season snow drifts. Handguards might be a good idea for your adventurous rides.
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    Huh? I've coasted downhill many times with the engine off, albeit in neutral and not in gear.
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    Hidden Content A ride in the woods helps me relax and release tension. The fact I'm dragging a body should be entirely irrelevant?

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    I coasted 8 miles in neutral down a mountain on Saturday without any problems. I'd like to know more about this coasting clutch phenomenon. Is it only a concern if the bike is in gear and the clutch lever is being held in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moabman View Post
    I coasted 8 miles in neutral down a mountain on Saturday without any problems. I'd like to know more about this coasting clutch phenomenon. Is it only a concern if the bike is in gear and the clutch lever is being held in?

    I'm pretty sure that's the only way it will damage it.

    Either way, you shouldn't ever excessively coast with the engine off because of the lack of lubrication within the gearbox and the countershaft that will be turning from the sprockets. I'd say if you want to coast for an extended period of time you should pop the chain off to be on the safe side.

    I'm sure a few miles won't hurt the bike, but you should always be careful in making sure the engine is being lubricated properly at all times.
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