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    Clutch issues..

    My wife and I fired up our 2008 and 2006 TW's today. Stone cold, running Amsoil 20-50 in both bikes. Both start and run fine......but when my wife drops it into 1st, it stalls because the clutch fails to disengage. Once warmed up, no problem. The clutches in both bikes are adjusted properly and this problem only occurs when cold.. The 2006 has the same problem but not as bad. I originally ran Yamalube 20-50 went over to Amsoil to see if this problem would go away. Any ideas or suggestions ?? I bought both bikes last year and they both have less than 1500 miles.
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    If you notice they are sticking, pull in the clutch and rock the bike back and forth until they disengage, then start in neutral as normal and it shouldn't be a problem when you put it in gear and go. There really isn't a fix, they all do it from time to time.
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    Since I switched to full synthetic mine have plates do not tend to stick. Actually never since the change. Contrast this it yamalube which was very bad for this.
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    I find that the handgrips have collars that sometimes hit the levers giving you the feel that you have pulled the clutch in all the way when in fact you have not . need to cut that section off . also hold the clutch lever in for several seconds before putting in gear
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    The Amsoil that I'm using IS full synthetic........but the clutch plates still "stick".....only when cold. There are several bike mfg's that don't recommend using synthetic oils as it will cause clutch slippage, ie Honda, Kawasaki, etc. My wife is not used to this happening with her street bike. She is not happy to have to "rock" the bike back & forth as it is not always convenient.

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    It was about 62 degrees ..........bikes haven't been run this year until now. I was the same deal last season. Once again, once normally warmed up and then driven for a few seconds, clutch acts normal and they are properly adjusted according to the owners/shop manual. Never experienced this problem before in 45+ years of operating motorcycles. Sticking clutches is new to me. ??

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    When bikes with a wet clutch have been sitting for a week or more, it's always been a good idea to hold the clutch in for at least a few seconds after starting in neutral before dropping it into gear. If the bike lurches forward or stalls, you didn't hold it in long enough. A friend told me this back in 1971 when I started working at the Yamaha dealer.
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    Your 'beemers' are running dry clutches............what are you running for oil in your '13 TW ?

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    Try a different oil. Search the threads. Your problem has been covered a lot. I road mine all winter with Motul 10w40 and it was 0 degrees some days the clutch plates never stuck together.. I am a betting man and I bet the Mobile 1 or Similar in 10W40 cures it.
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    I have a pair of 06 Tw's and one of them does the same thing the other does not. The only difference between the two is the amount of miles on each one. The one that does this from time to time is has ~2200 miles on it the other one that never does it has 14k. Both have amsoil 10w40 in them. I honestly think its a break in thing and the clutch is not fully there yet on the one with 2200 miles on it. When i first got the bike it had 1800 miles on it and it has gotten better as i have put more on it. If i have not ridden it for a week or more i let it warm up for a few minutes before i take off and its fine.
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