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V7ii clutch failure - a true grit story!

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by Jenko, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. Jenko

    Jenko Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Dunno if you can see the piece of grit wedged in behind the clutch actuator arm?
    Riding along a quick road in 6th, traffic in front came to a halt so I tried to pull in the clutch - uh oh! Solid clutch lever at the handlebar!
    A piece of grit must have flicked up and wedged itself in the space. One embarrassing and jerky stop later, and I was imagining all sorts of expense!
    Simple fix, thankfully! A quick gritectomy later and I'm on my way again.
    What are the odds of that happening?
     

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    How long did it take you to track the problem down?
     
  3. Jenko

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    Luckily, only about a minute, as I was stood baking in the unusual UK summer heat on a Shropshire hillside at the time!
    Had to be something with the clutch cable or linkage, it just felt like it anyway.
    Thankfully, no harm done. And no expense!
     
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    Man that is funny what are the odds on that.

    A long time ago I had a 750 Ambassador that had been sitting for about 6 months. The girlfriend asked to go for a ride on it so I dusted it off & we went.

    About 40 miles down the road the bike gave a loud screech so I pulled over. I thought a piston had seized or a rocker arm had gone dry but it idled fine & sounded normal. So off we went again then about 25 miles down the road the same thing happened.

    I turned around & headed for home and she gave a few more short loud screeches but kept running normally.

    It wasn't until I pulled into the driveway that it did it again & it was then that I realized it was the horn because it stayed on & warbled & finally sounded like a horn.
     
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    Nice one Trout!
    I had a Honda Dream, ( not Super Dream!) 250 when I was 17, and when it got to Winter, I did the usual stuff, coverd it in grease, put fork gaiters on it, new chunky tyres on it, and waterproofs under the seat, ready for use.
    Whenever I started it, it ran fine, then when it warmed up it would cut out. Kick it as I would, it wouldn't start until it cooled down. Then it ran, well, like a Dream! Strangely, when it was really wet, and I wore the waterproofs, I had no problems with it. But in the dry, it kept cutting out.
    I did compression tests, changed plugs, plug leads, scratched my head, failed to fix it. Asked a buddy to look at it, and he took the seat off it, removed the waterproofs from where they were blocking the air intake, and laughed at me! The waterproofs were acting like a massive choke, which was great until the engine warmed up.
    Man, did I feel like a muppet!
    You live and learn, I guess!
     
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    I really like these kind of stories just shows how human we all are.

    There is a thread running on the Victory forum about oil change disasters that is funny too.
     
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    Had a similar issue with the rear brake on my 1200 Sport a few years ago. Was on a group ride and pulled into a parking lot that was tarred but had quite a bit of dirt / light stones on the surface, applied the rear brake lightly when coming into park and noticed it stayed on and would not release.

    Had all sorts of thoughts around the caliper piston being seized etc, after much fiddling I realised that a small pebble (maybe 1mm in diameter) had flicked up and lodged between the rear brake lever and back stop, causing the brake peddle to remain applied.

    It was actually pretty lucky it occurred in the parking lot when I could feel it as the brake was only applied reasonably lightly. If it had flickered up on the road at speed I probably would not have noticed and could have burn't out the rear pads.
     

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