20th September 2005, 05:34
Fixed my clutch this past weekend, but not certain which of the two things I did contributed the most. Bought my bike new in June 2004. I had the local dealer do the 1k and the 5k. I did the 10k and just did the 15k this past weekend myself. Ever since I've had the bike, when I let out the clutch it felt like it grabbed...not a smooth release into first gear. It was particularly noticeable if I was riding two up. Last weekend I changed from Syn3 to Amsoil 20-50 for both motor and transmission. Also, I was very careful to make sure not to over fill the transmission. The first time I changed the transmission oil myself at the 10k, I refilled it to where I thought the manual said to...as far as I could see. However, since the 10k I have been having oil leak problems from the primary chain inspection port. This time, I filled the last little bit very slowly to let the oil settle to make sure I didn't go above the bottom of the clutch return plate. It must have worked because I no longer have the oil leak problem. More importantly I no longer feel any grabbing going into first gear. I can be riding two up, stopped up hill and still no grab on takeoff! Smooth as butter...or Amsoil! Actually, I suspect I must have been a little over for all of my oil changes until the 15k...but I also think the Amsoil is helping as the noise seems to be considerably less. Thought I would share the observations.