Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
So I noticed I'm starting to get a little bit of roll-on-the-throttle slippage if I roll it on full throttle in 5th gear at the right speed (say 45mph or so). Got about 20,000 miles on the bike.
Motorcycle oil as long as I've owned it (since 8,000 miles) so I don't think that's the issue. I did get sucked into the Castrol synthetic 15w-40 thing but I felt like it didn't perform like the Valvoline did and swapped it back. But that's JASO-MA rated so it should be good for wet clutches, and it seems like lots of people use it without issue so I'm sure that's not the problem.
Gonna go ahead and assume it's going to be time for a clutch soon, right? Would anyone disagree? I don't think it's an issue on adjustment either the free play is within Kawasaki spec.
Any reason why the clutch is done so soon? It was my first bike so it got lots of time being abused in the parking lot and I certainly wasn't proficient with the clutch (hard to get used to using it on your hand instead of your foot) when I first got the bike. I'm just assuming I just wore it out early because I abused it early on. Is that a fair assumption?
Any suggestions on clutches, spring, etc. to go with? Any tips for doing the service? I haven't cracked the service manual yet but I swapped the stator on this bike, the clutch out to be similar just on the other side, right?
Final question, if this is an issue of the clutch being worn out, how long until it's really time to swap it? I don't have any issues taking off from a stop, riding, or even accelerating hard. But I can, in the right condition, FORCE it to slip with a roll-on test, so I know it's on it's way out. I'll get around to swapping the clutch this winter if that's what you all think it is, but I may take a few rides here and there while the weather is still decent.
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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT