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when i put it into first it wants to go when i am holding the clutch in , i took it for an mot and it didnt do it then , the bike hadnt moved in 2 years when i bought it ,i have only drove it 500 yards to the mot station. any ideas ? , its a hydraulic clutch [it will be on the road on wednesday]
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Hi if the bike has been standing for two years i would first bleed the clutch to see if there is any air in there and to get rid of the old stuffas it degrades over time also the clutch could be dragging due to been sat for such a long time ,what grade of oil have you put in her heavy oil can create drag on the clutch

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i dont know whats in it , i havent changed it ,what do you advise?
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a good quality 10/40 m/cycle oil is what i normally use every one has there own preferences but make sure the engine is warm first and dont forget to bleed the clutch as the fluid will deteriorate over time

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Oil and brake fluid change is in order. I'm thinking your clutch plates are sticky. I use Castrol 10W-40 synthetic and shifts better than ever. To help avoid the clunk and jump into first gear, when you first start the bike cold, pump the clutch lever several times and hold it in, quick gun the throttle a couple times with the clutch in and she's ready to drop in gear without clunk. Doing this helps free up the clutch plates. Try it and let me know how it works. Paul

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it worked! first time i tried it didnt clunk but it was pulling forward,after about 4 times i could let the clutch out about 20mm before it moved. do you think it will be ok with a good run and another oil 10 /40 change ? i will be on the road within 3 days when dvla send my registration plate through,cant wait to try it, thanks for the info paul
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Hi glad it has all worked out for you i would run her for about 100miles then drop the oil and filter to make sure she hashad a good flush out

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i will ,didnt think oil could make a differance like that, thanks to you guys thats it ready for the road,i will send pics when i work out how to reduce the pic size ,it says my pic is 585 somthing and it needs to be 520 lol ,its looking great now cheers alan
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Great! Now run it up to about third gear steady speed, pull the clutch in and gun the throttle to see if it grabs with the clutch in. Go ahead and replace the DOT 4 clutch fluid if not done yet and bleed the system good. There's plenty of help here on how to do that and it's not that bad. Do some riding and after an oil change or two, you should be good to go. Also, your clutch should start to engage about 50% of travel. If you follow the "no clunk" warm up, shifting will be much smoother. Paul

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Nice looking bike. You know, red is the fastest color!

1984 1200I Candy Cobalt Blue over Bright Silver Metallic w/ Black & Silver Marbling. Poorboy alternator. Progressive springs and a comfy gel seat.

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