Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Palo Alto, CA, United States
Problem Shifting Gears
So I just got my used 01 Ducati ST2 a week ago, and I'm having alot of trouble with my clutch.
First of all, when I'm in first, with the clutch gripped all the way in (i.e. touching the handlebars), I can still feel that its slightly engaged (if I pick up my feet, I roll forward a little). Consequently, if I forget to shift down to first when I stop I ALWAYS stall, even with the clutch fully pulled.
On a related note, I can ONLY shift into neutral before the engine warms up, once it warms up its literally impossible. Also, my shifting is really rough, sometimes (especially going first to second), the pedal just wont move, and I have to pump the clutch handle a few times before it unblocks and lets me shift.
What exactly is going on here? I read in the service manual its possible that I have air in my clutch line. I think this might be the case because even when the engine is warm, the little glass window on the left (shifting) side of the bike is completely empty, i.e. no fluid at all (the reservoir on the handle bars is fine though).
Am I going to need a new clutch? Or might I just need to have it cleaned out?
On a side note, the problem is getting worse by the day; when I first bought the bike, shifting was much smoother, and I could actually get neutral most of the time.
Thanks for any advice!