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Im hoping this a general clutch problem and not specific.When you pull on the clutch handle on my motorcycle it still doesnt completely release the wheel to turn freely.I have tried adjusting the cable either way and it still doesnt work like it should.Is the clutch shot and outlived its usefulness?or is there something that can be fixedThe only reason I asked about it in here was because I was hoping it was a general clutch problem that goes wrong in all manual shift vehicles.Any help will be appreciated.
 

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If you have already tried adjusting the linkage then it sounds like the clutch is probably shot.
 

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mr peabody,
what kind of bike do you have? that would help alot on diagnosing the problem.
don't know if your bike is the same or not, but i had an old honda one time that was doing about the same thing you are describing. found out that when i replaced the clutch cable and shift lever there was a little (5/16) ball bearing that set on the end of the shift lever that i hadn't replaced. it was needed to give it that extra little distance to fully disengage the clutch, and was part of the adjuster setup.
don't know if that will help you or not, but it is worth checking.

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mr peabody,
what kind of bike do you have? that would help alot on diagnosing the problem.
don't know if your bike is the same or not, but i had an old honda one time that was doing about the same thing you are describing. found out that when i replaced the clutch cable and shift lever there was a little (5/16) ball bearing that set on the end of the shift lever that i hadn't replaced. it was needed to give it that extra little distance to fully disengage the clutch, and was part of the adjuster setup.
don't know if that will help you or not, but it is worth checking.

eric
Its a 1980 gs450 Suzuki if that helps.If not thanks for the ideas I'll check out what you guys mentioned...thanks.
 

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look at it like this, if you pull on the clutch your applying a pressure plate to release the disc from pressure between the disc and flywheel, if your fully releasing the pressure and you still cannot get it into gear the shaft must still be spinning, what else could cause it to continue to spin even with the clutch release? in a normal gas motor i would look at pilot bearing or bushing seizing and causing input shaft to spin, maybe look into that type of thing

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The GS has a multiplate, wet clutch. If it dosent slip under load, I doubt the clutch is bad. If it sat for a long time, the plates may be sticking together. Otherwise it could be a adjustment issue or you have broken a part inside.
 
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