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Old 5th August 2012
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I finally got my '81 ready to ride today after 8 months of dicking around, but when I put it into first gear there is a odd "clink" sound, and the bike wants to roll ahead. It's impossible to get it back into neutral or any other gear while sitting still with the clutch lever pulled in. Clearly the clutch is not completely disengaging, Is this normal? It was not like this when I first got the bike with the original clutch. I have tried any number of adjustments, but nothing seems to help. I replaced the clutch discs and cable during the rebuild, so maybe this is contributing to the situation. Any thoughts or advice?
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did you follow the sticky when adjusting the clutch?

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If it's been sitting for 8 months go ahead and ride it a few miles as is and then readjust. I had a similar problem with my '72 which turned out to be something else, but sitting is bad for the clutch plates and disks to stick together. Riding around the neighborhood for a few miles will likely make some difference.
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I had this exact issue with my new clutch. Follow the sticky, and ride it around. It will be easier to shift while moving, and just be sure to hit neutral before you stop. After a few miles you will feel it loosen up.
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Thanks for the info, guys. I'll ride it around some today and see if it loosens up some. I did follow the sticky to the letter, and the clutch was disassembled and out of the bike during those 8 months.
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Did you follow what the manufacture said to do to new disc b4 install?
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I don't recall seeing any instructions...just the discs were there when I opened the box. They are Alto Red Eagle discs. I went to the Alto website, and there are no special instructions that I can find.
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Are you using spacers and if so are they mushroomed.Are you using one spring are two?Myself I prefer the two springs but these also play a factor in the clutch.The springs can be tested.
What lube are you using put all this out here and I'm sure your get some comments.As far as plates go some need to be pre-soaked some steels need coating removed.I'm a barnett guy myself so I know nothing about Alto.Hope you luck
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Running straight 50 oil or similar in the tranny? That can be some pretty sticky sh!t on plates.
If so, try some Harley Transmission Formula Plus. Works a treat.
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Do you have any of those leather covers on your grips or levers?

Covers or excessively large diameter grips may reduce lever travel.

Did you check your steels to verify they were flat when you replaced frictions?
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