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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Wet clutches always have some degree of friction, even after they are warmed up, due to the oil. On the VN750, as with many bikes, the clutch might as well not be disengaged when you pull it in after starting the engine in gear. It will be stuck solid. I have used various methods to deal with this, but what I usually do is warm up the engine in neutral, then shut the engine off with the kill switch, pull in the clutch, put it into first, and with the clutch still in, rock it back and forth a time or two to break the clutch loose. I then start it back up IN GEAR, and take off. It stays in gear the rest of the day. I park it in first, and I sit at traffic lights in first, with the clutch pulled in. There are 2 reasons for this, it makes it possible for me to dump the clutch and make a fast getaway if necessary, and it avoids the loud CLUNK you get when shifting into first from neutral at a dead stop. That clunk has got to put quite a shock load on the transmission, especially the gear dogs. It happens because the clutch is still spinning due to fluid friction, one of the gears is moving, and the other isn't. Some people claim leaving it in gear with the clutch pulled in at stop lights will wear out the clutch a lot faster, that has not been my experience, but I would still rather replace several clutches than break the transmission.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
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