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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2019, 04:10 AM Thread Starter
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Need advise please

Need some advise
First off my bike is a 03 vtx 1800c
And I'm having a couple issues

1) when I change gears and let out on my clutch lever the clutch doesn't engage until the lever is all most all the way released, so I just need to think about getting a new clutch or is there an adjustment I can make or is this normal.

2)when my bike gets warmed up when I'm out riding and if I come to a stop light and shift to neutral it doesn't want to go back into 1st, I have to kick the shifter arm a couple times pretty good before it will go into gear

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Need some advise
First off my bike is a 03 vtx 1800c
And I'm having a couple issues

1) when I change gears and let out on my clutch lever the clutch doesn't engage until the lever is all most all the way released, so I just need to think about getting a new clutch or is there an adjustment I can make or is this normal.
It's normal and there's no adjustment the clutch is hydraulic and self adjusting like the brakes in your car

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2)when my bike gets warmed up when I'm out riding and if I come to a stop light and shift to neutral it doesn't want to go back into 1st, I have to kick the shifter arm a couple times pretty good before it will go into gear

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2 things you can do. Shift into 1st before coming to a stop(you should be in first gear at stoplights for safety anyhow ) 2 let the lever out a little bit and gently tap the lever into first. Never stomp you'll just bend the lever or worse the shifter arm
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↑↑↑↑↑↑↑ This ↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑ and clean and lube the pivot point on your shifter
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It's normal and there's no adjustment the clutch is hydraulic and self adjusting like the brakes in your car
When I had mine in for service, they replaced the fluid like you would for the breaks. The old fluid was much darker than whats in there now and my clutch feels much better. You should be able to see the color of the fluid and if it's darker you may want to get it replaced. (Mine was a medium tea color)

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I added my response in the other thread you have. I hope you get it sorted!


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It's normal and there's no adjustment the clutch is hydraulic and self adjusting like the brakes in your car





2 things you can do. Shift into 1st before coming to a stop(you should be in first gear at stoplights for safety anyhow ) 2 let the lever out a little bit and gently tap the lever into first. Never stomp you'll just bend the lever or worse the shifter arm
Whenever I'm approaching a stop light or sign I usually do down shift through the gears to slow down and just keep it in first until I take back off again, but would like to be able to use neutral sometimes when my hand get to cramping up from being in alot of stop and go traffic, I am already planning on bleeding the clutch and getting some fresh fluid in the system to see if that helps as others have suggested, and I will grease the attachment points for the shifter linkage as well

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When I had mine in for service, they replaced the fluid like you would for the breaks. The old fluid was much darker than whats in there now and my clutch feels much better. You should be able to see the color of the fluid and if it's darker you may want to get it replaced. (Mine was a medium tea color)


Check the color in the site glass on the reservoir and also the fluid level. I would start with changing the fluid first.

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Follow JR's advice. I'm an automotive mechanic (first to to NO SIR, NO SIR when it comes to drivetrain "hard parts" i.e. valve adjustment or transmission on bikes) and although autos are driven differently the basics remain the same. Think about everytime you pull and release the lever that fluid is flowing under app. 200PS so it as with any liquid it heats up. Plus even though it's a "sealed system" it WILL draw moisture. Combine the 2 and the fluid breaks down.
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Stupid auto-correct. JT's suggestion. LoL
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