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    Unhappy Bought a 1990 with only 2000 miles but clutch clearly slips

    Any thoughts folks?
    I am going to change the oil asap just in case the guy used car oil instead
    But any feedback would be appreciated
    My wife likes the bike and doesn't want to see the bike go
    It was 1850 dollars so it wasn't a massive amount of money but the bike is dangerous if the clutch doesn't hook up well

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    How was the adjustment ? Even if the clutch plates are burnt ,it doesn't cost much to replace them and be good again so no need to sell it .
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    Thnx for the prompt reply
    Could it be it has car oil??

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    And what do you mean by adjustment?

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    There is an adjustment on the clutch cable at the lever and there is also one at the engine. The adjustments will determine when the clutch engages. If it is at the end of the adjustment it may be slipping and may need minor tweaking to get better. If it ran with an oil not made for wet clutches it could definetly slip. You may get lucky and just get by with an oil change using proper oil. If that doesn't work just change the clutch plates, it's not too bad of a job if you read up about it here and take your time.

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    The clutch engages way at the end
    I will adjust that ASAP and report back
    Thnx a million for the help folks
    Will keep the thread updated

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    [QUOTE=reef;126121]Any thoughts folks?


    Yep[ Your age / Mechanical ability .? Had any other motorcycles ? Why is a slipping clutch dangerous ? Is it your wife's bike?

    There is also an adjustment inside the side case that makes up, for wear / almost always needs heavier springs at about $15 if the plates are not worn to bad . These are not Motocross machines. They are TRAIL bikes and should be treated like trailbikes
    Last edited by greenbomb; 06-28-2014 at 11:24 AM.
    Look at the bottom of this page under SIMILAR THREADS
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    Good God. That clutch adjustment made the bike feel like it got 100cc more engine
    :-)
    Goes properly now.
    I hope it stays like that for a while.

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    Now what could be the deal with the starter. When the bike is not running (engine that is) i hit the starter and nothing happens. Kickstand up, bike in neutral, and clutch in, just in case they built any safety settings into it.
    However when the bike is idling and i hit the starter button there is a faint buzzing sound from the starter (i presume)?
    Any thoughts on what this could be?

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    It's hard to diagnose electrical issues from here ,but start with the basics .Check the battery condition and charge ,check the connections ,get a test light or a meter ,look at the wiring diagram and start checking things out .You might want to try jumping the actual starter as well as it's possibly seized up or who knows from not being used much .

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