My 98 1500 classic was running fine a few months ago, but recently when I took it out on a nice day for a ride it would not move. When I put it in first gear it gives a little lerch forward like it always did, but when I let the clutch out it acts like its in nutreal and dosent move at all. The clutch lever dosent have the same feeling when I pull it in as it did before. The fluid reservoir is full.
Remove the top of the clutch master cylinder and peer down to the bottom.
There you will see two small holes. Gently poke a nylon bristle or copper wire into the holes to ensure they are free.
If that works, then a fluid flush and refill will be in order.
I put a clutch spring in about 3 years ago. No oil change recently. I have 31,000 miles on the bike. Like I said, it ran good when I put it away, no problem at all. Now all of a sudden it dosen't want to move. I would think that if the clutch isn't being released it would not go into gear and if it did it would surge ahead. It just acts like its in neutral except for the slight jerk when I put it in gear.
When my bike has been sitting awhile, I think the clutch plates stick and the bike will lerch forward when I put bike into 1st gear with clutch lever pulled in, after the 1st lerch forward it is ok after that.
I am agreeing with sfair. It sounds like your relief port is clogged not letting the fluid back off the pressure to release the clutch. See if you can clean them out and let us know if that works or not.
2008 V2K Classic
Who would have thought I would grow up to become "Spatially Educated" and play Connect-the-Dots for a living.
Thank you all that responded to my post. I siphoned out the old fluid from the master cylinder. Cleaned out the hole on the bottom and put in fresh fluid. Started the bike, put it in gear, and what do ya know, problem solved. You guys (and maybe girls) are great. I have another problem that I will post at a future date. Thank you all again.