Originally Posted by jzeiler
It could very well be the drive shaft sliping as it is a two piece assy isolated with rubber. Typically these just let go and don't exhibit a slip - grab type performance. Could have had a bad clutch from the get go also.
Just wanted to make sure you weren't holding 3K rpm and letting the clutch bring the drive train up to match it from a dead stop. That 'll toast it for sure. I did that one time in 2nd gear after a pick up pullin a boat cut me off and I had to stop. I forgot to down shift to first and tried to do a high performance take off when he cleared and I could smell the clutch after that. That is why I alway make sure its fully engaged before lettn 'er rip.
Well, that could be what I'm doing, John, but like I said earlier, I've never had other clutches behave this way, not even my RS. Perhaps I'm just expecting too much from such a heavy bike. I'll know for sure next week when they take it apart. I'll try to arrange to be there when they take it apart if at all possible.
I can tell you one thing, however this turns out, I'm going to make sure the clutch lever is all the way out before giving it the gas from now on. :-D
I'm not sure what you mean when you say "If this was right from the start"?
I'm not certain the clutch was ever right. The dealer gave me an older model LT when I was having some service work done last year, perhaps a 2002-3 & the clutch on it behaved "normally". And when I bought the bike, I test rode different 2006LT & I don't remember the clutch on it taking so long to engage while under higher rpms.
The bike was in the shop most of last week. I picked it up on Fri, because I had a class this weekend & didn't know if I'd need it for practice. The mechanic thought there was enough clutch left that I wouldn't have any problems, but he did tell me to take it easy, which I am doing. He also said he put a little more fluid in the clutch, so he wanted to see what would happen with it over the weekend after I rode it, so I'm going to leave well enough alone.
I'm taking it back in on Tues. They have the parts on order, but want the bike there for when they arrive. I'm going to arrange to be there when the mechanic takes it apart, if at all possible.
Thanks to you all for all the advice!