Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: North Sewickley, PA
Year/Make/Model: 2004/Kawasaki/Mean Streak
04 1600 clutch sound/pull back in gear off throttle
The start of the riding season, the bike ran fine. After driving it to work one day, it started acting weird on the way home. When I let off the throttle while in gear I hear a sound (eerrrkk!) come from the clutch side and feel the bike getting pulled back. When I pull the clutch in, I no longer hear the sound and the bike glides just fine.
What I did after:
After experiencing that during my ride back from work, I did a full service replacing all of the oils, brake pads, air filters (Caddman Mod) and even took out my break pistons and cleaned those.
clutch/brake - using very clear high-grade DOT 4
The sound/effect died down a bit but it is still there.
What I was doing before:
Prior to this problem, I had been tuning a COBRA fi2000 on the bike (to compliment the V&H long shots). I also put on 15" apes and routed the lines around the triple tree for more slack.
After searching through the forums, I was unable to find someone that described a clutch problem in this way. There was a lot about adjusting the clutch lever and clutch slipping but, I have not experienced a slip. It remains in gear and accelerates fine. I don't really feel resistance while accelerating, it isn't until I let off the throttle while in gear that I get pulled back a little and hear the sound. The fact that the sound goes away while drifting when I pull the clutch lever has led me to believe it is the clutch.
I really haven't experienced a lot of problems with this bike and it's my first shaft drive so I suppose I could be misdiagnosing the problem.
I am very grateful for any insight someone can give me into what this problem could be and/or how to fix it. The middle of summer without a motorcycle is ......... just wrong..... so wrong.
I tried to put as much info about the bike and the work that has been put into it in case any of those things may have helped to cause the problem. As always, anyone's feedback is greatly appreciated!