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    Is a sticky cold clutch just part of TW life or is there a fix

    I have an 03 with 600 miles and a 16 with 650 miles and both bikes are serviced adjusted and fluid changed two times since I have owned them with Yamaha Lube recommended oil. My newer 2016 has a terrible cold sticky clutch every morning and the 2003 never does this. Cables are adjusted exactly the same. I have read some historical posts here but most say it is just known for that. Would rather find a fix. Anybody here have a cure all..... ?? I was going to change to Honda equivalent oil since I have a local dealer for it but also considering syn if anyone here says it is of a benefit to this problem. I am the furthest thing from an oil snob especially on this vintage of motorcycle tech.
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    Yep the synthetic oil seems to cure the cold start clutch grabbing.
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    Seems odd that one is bothering more than the other with about the same miles and same oil. I'd check the coil spring on the clutch actuator lever down on the engine, make sure that is on there properly. I'm at work with limited computer time or I would search for a pic of this. I would also switch to a motorcycle specific synthetic oil next oil change. I usually will work the clutch lever a few times before I shift into gear the first start of the day. That seems to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotti158 View Post
    Seems odd that one is bothering more than the other with about the same miles and same oil. I'd check the coil spring on the clutch actuator lever down on the engine, make sure that is on there properly. I'm at work with limited computer time or I would search for a pic of this. I would also switch to a motorcycle specific synthetic oil next oil change. I usually will work the clutch lever a few times before I shift into gear the first start of the day. That seems to help.
    Spring is in place, I am familiar with it. Going to mobil 1 motorcycle syn to try in both. They use so little and it is so readily available too. Would be an easy fix with likely side benefits as well. thanks guys...
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    i had the same problem with my 2014. mobil1 and time seemed to fix the problem. just pull in the clutch and rock the bike back and forth a few times before cold starts, to break the clutch free
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    Quote Originally Posted by grewen View Post
    i had the same problem with my 2014. mobil1 and time seemed to fix the problem. just pull in the clutch and rock the bike back and forth a few times before cold starts, to break the clutch free
    That is what I have been doing and wanting to eliminate the need for. I have two bikes and do not want to have to remind or explain the procedure for getting around a problem to whom ever gets on this 2016.Gonna switch to synthetic and try that.
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    My 2015 clutch sticks when cold too. I suspect the older bike clutch springs are more worn in so they don't push out as much oil when you park your bike for the day. Any difference in the clutch pull resistance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougDotyTW200 View Post
    ...Gonna switch to synthetic and try that.
    Wait until 1,500 miles before you switch to full synthetic. Neither of your TW's is fully broken in yet. When I switched to Mobil 4T full synthetic the cold clutch issue disappeared.
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