Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Golden, CO, USA
How Stella got her clutch back
Thanks to all the great info on this forum I was able to diagnose and fix a clutch problem on my 749s today.
I noticed a couple of weeks ago that getting down from 3rd to 2nd and 1st while approaching a stop was getting balky. More recently I thought the clutch friction point was getting closer to the bars, but I couldn't be sure it wasn't all in my head. On my ride today I became sure it was the bike and not my head. When I got home I had at least 1" of free play in the clutch lever. I'm close to my 3000 mile service so I considered letting the dealer fix it but decided I wanted it done now.
After searching/reviewing related threads, I bled the master cylinder. After just one bleed, the clutch lever came back to almost no free play! I bled a couple more times and then went down to the slave and bled it a couple of times.
Went for a ride and all is good again. Very smooth getting into and out of all gears. It is especially helpful for blip shifting to have the friction point further out from the grip.
Thanks again for all the help.