Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Strange Smell, been acting weird...
So, I've been searching the forums and I haven't found anything that quite describes what I have going on. My bike has 70k miles, 30k of which in the last 18mos (since I bought it) I haven't had any major issues, (outside of blown brake hose last month, and had to get the exhaust welded) I stay on top of my oil changes, and she's been a pretty good bike.
Starting yesterday, I noticed a weird smell. Once i realized it wasn't someone else, I started to get concerned. It is most noticeable when coming to a stop. I don't want to prejudice anyone's opinion on what my issue is, but it smells like gear oil. I immediately got concerned about FD issues, but my FD is dry, showing no signs of leaks. I see no wet spots on or under the bike. In a possible unrelated issue (possibly NOT unrelated also,) I stalled the bike twice on my way home yesterday. I never stall, I'm very used to how the bike takes off. Here is my theory: The clutch lever may be actuating in a different spot than usual, so when concentrating more on traffic than taking off, I stalled it because I was going by habit, not by what the bike wanted.
My theory: Slave cylinder going bad? Leaking on the disc causing the smell, and explaining why the clutch lever is feeling different?
I know some of you have had slave issues, but I am unaware the symptoms. I don't want to keep driving it if that is the case. Thanks for any insight.
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