CLUTCH TROU­BLE

Real Classic - - Harley Electra Glide - Derek Smith in Canada

Rob Nelson in is­sue RC192 men­tioned prob­lems with a slip­ping clutch in neg­a­tive tem­per­a­tures. I had a sim­i­lar prob­lem with my 1982 Yamaha TT250 in cold weather. I switched from my sum­mer bike, a 1983 Yamaha XT550 when the snow started stick­ing to the roads.

Pulling in the clutch lever to shift gear, the lever would stay in! I dis­cov­ered the cable lube I was us­ing would turn to grease in freez­ing tem­per­a­tures and not al­low the clutch to close. I flushed the cable with diesel and the prob­lem dis­ap­peared.

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