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Clutch issue on 1999 LT/30k miles

In the last week I noticed that even when pulling the clutch lever all the way in, that shifting gears was getting more difficult. I would have to either double clutch and then shift, or really jump on the gear shifter to change gears. Today when making a stop and holding the clutch in, the bike started stalling out, but when I got it into neutral it was fine. So my guess is that the clutch is not totally disengaging, which makes the shifting difficult and causing it to stall out if I'm in gear but holding the clutch lever in at a stop. I'm hoping there is adjustment for this and not a major overhaul. It does not slip while in gear. The clutch has 30k miles on it. Thanks for any advice.

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In the last week I noticed that even when pulling the clutch lever all the way in, that shifting gears was getting more difficult. I would have to either double clutch and then shift, or really jump on the gear shifter to change gears. Today when making a stop and holding the clutch in, the bike started stalling out, but when I got it into neutral it was fine. So my guess is that the clutch is not totally disengaging, which makes the shifting difficult and causing it to stall out if I'm in gear but holding the clutch lever in at a stop. I'm hoping there is adjustment for this and not a major overhaul. It does not slip while in gear. The clutch has 30k miles on it. Thanks for any advice.
Have you checked the fluid level in the clutch master cylinder? If it is really low, you may have a leak in the slave cylinder or hose to it.

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Re: Clutch issue on 1999 LT/30k miles

there is no adjustment, as above then bleed the clutch system

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If the clutch slave is leaking, fix it immediately. If it leaks, it leaks internally and it is just matter of time brake fluid ending up to clutch and causing massive clutch overhaul. Do a search with "Weep hole" and "clutch". You will get a lot of info of what might happen.

Recommend immediate looking into the slave cylinder condition. Unfortunately requires dismantling the swing arm.

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Very similar to how mine acted before the slave cylinder went. Not at all fun driving it back home without a clutch when it finally failed completely in morning traffic. Definitely good advice to stop riding and check it. First would be to bleed the slave but if that doesn't work (and it probably won't for more than a couple of pulls), you can be pretty sure it is the slave leaking. You want this fixed before it ruins the clutch as stated by an earlier post, and becomes a much more expensive repair. This is a common issue given your year and mileage. Sometimes they last forever on a bike that is used all the time and sometimes they fail on a bike that isn't used much like yours and at the time mine.

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