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Re: Clutch fails to disengage

On May 12, 2007, at 10:42 AM, colson22 wrote:

2000 R1100RT-P
65000 Miles

I purchased this motorcycle a few months ago from an individual,
brought it
home and had complete service done on the bike by the local
dealer.  I have
been commuting on the bike ever since about 50 miles a day and
seemed to be great.

About 1 week ago while stopped at a light I noticed that it was
difficult to shift in to neutral while at stop lights, but I did
not think
much about it.

  It sounds like your throwout bearing (piston) has failed.  It sits
at the rear of the tranny and transfers the motion of the lever to the
rod that actually disengages the clutch.  Did you hear 'any' noises?
Usually the bearing fails and then it melts the plastic material that the
piston is made from.  Bad news is that you have to pull the swingarm
to replace it but it's a LOT easier than a clutch.
  Another possibility is the diaphragm spring itself.  It can wear in such
a way that the actuator rod actually pushes through it rather than disengaging
it.  That is usually caused by a bad throwout bearing too.

Tucson (Carlsbad tonight, Tucson tomorrow) : ))