Jump to content
IGNORED

Clutch question


Recommended Posts

2004 midnight venture 1300. Left home tonight to ride bike to work. Everything working as it should. Rode interstate 48 miles and got off my exit but when I downshift It didn’t want to shift: finally came to bottom of ramp and felt bike creeping forward with clutch in. I made it to parking lot at work. What could it be ?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks buddy I supposedly had that mechanic check and change all fluids. Is the reservoir on the clutch handlebar side? Should I just top it off to get home or limp it home and bleed it ? Thanks 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

11 hours ago, Kybronco said:

Thanks buddy I supposedly had that mechanic check and change all fluids. Is the reservoir on the clutch handlebar side? Should I just top it off to get home or limp it home and bleed it ? Thanks 

You can try topping it off but you’ll probably have to bleed it too. Look for oil spots under the bike, the slave usually drips there. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

So last night I parked it until I got off work. Went over to bike and looked into the oil level glass but to tell ya the truth it’s so discolored I can’t see the level clearly. Next I squeezed the clutch and it felt normal again. So I put it in neautral and started her up. Clutch seemed to fade a bit as I got close to home about a 50 mile trip. So anyway I made it and I’ll be flushing her out this weekend. I hear it’s gonna rain so good indoors project. 😁

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It sounds like the fluid is contaminated with water. Brake fluid is hygroscopic and will absorb moisture. When it heats up from riding it's less effective at compressing properly so the clutch, or brakes will fade. I'd be willing to bet a fluid flush and insure it's sealed properly will take care of it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

You are right , I removed the cover and saw the fluid was a dark brown with some black floating on top . Also noticed some gunky material stuck to the side. I’m gonna give this bike a good going over which I should have done anyway. Thanks to everyone for the comments and help.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

My trike started this exact same behavior last week! I made it home okay, but won’t take it out again like that.

I had it in to the service dept. last fall because shifting was bad. They flushed the “very bad” fluid and it shifted like new again!

So, I need to have it hauled back out to them.

Edited by craigatcsi
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...