What a drag
I’m slowly recommissioning a 1999 Kawasaki ZX-7R that spent the last 15 years sitting in the owner’s garage. One problem I’m struggling with is that the clutch doesn’t seem to be disengaging drive as well as it might. It’s especially evident when the bike is cold and you select first gear – the bike goes forward with the clutch lever in. Do I have to take the clutch down to find the cause or might the issue be with the mastercylinder or slave? Tom White, email Pete O’dell says: You might find that the problem is no more than tired hydraulic fluid. Bleed the clutch up with fresh and see if the problem goes away. The fluid has a hard time and people often forget about it. If that doesn’t cure it then, yes, you will have to dig a little deeper. There is a possibility that corrosion has built up on the plates while the bike has been standing.
First step – change the hydraulic fluid for fresh