[OntVFR] clutch

Lisa geekgrrrl at gmail.com
Thu Jul 4 11:01:52 EDT 2019

It is normal, there is a little drag transferring power from the engine to the rear wheel. Oil is slippery but it is not 100% frictionless. If you are in gear with the clutch pulled in there is more power transfer than when the bike is in neutral. If you are starting the bike in gear you will notice the bike pull forward. Starting the bike in gear isn’t best practice, easy for something to go wrong (I learned this the hard way when I started a bike on the kickstand while not astride it).

Not trying to mansplain here, assuming you’re able to start your bike as you’ve stated so. 
I teach motorcycle safety for Rider Training Institute, for the lesson on starting the bike safely we use the acronym “K.N.I.F.E. C.C.S.” while sitting on the bike. Basically; kickstand (I got a cheap parts bike from someone that forgot to put his up), neutral (move the bike, don’t trust the light), ignition, fuel tap (if the bike has one), engine kill switch (use it or lose it, keep it free of corrosion), choke/computer (if f.i. Then wait for the computer to do its diagnostics), clutch (in case you have it in gear), starter button.

Now if a student stalls a bike while riding I tell them not to bother with the “knife dance” because they already did it, instead make sure in first gear and then pull in clutch start and go (no one has time to wait for you to do the knife dance in traffic)


> On Jul 4, 2019, at 10:02, Robyn Landers <rblanders at uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
> I think this is normal.  Does your VFR have a centrestand?
> If I have mine on the stand when I start it, the rear wheel will turn forward slowly even
> though the transmission is in neutral.  Probably just stiction in the clutch from the
> relatively cold oil. Once it warms up for a minute, the wheel stops turning.
> Did you mean to say you filled it ever so slightly over the *upper* level?
> If it's just barely over the lower level, I would top it up to the upper level.
> Robyn
> '93 VFR "Snow White"
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> From: OntVFR [ontvfr-bounces at vfr.on.ca] on behalf of justin sasso [justin_sasso at hotmail.com]
> [...]
> I bled my clutch line, and have noticed a couple times at start up that the bike, ever so slightly wants to push forward a bit. I'm going to bleed it a bit more, but curious if fluid level is a factor, as I've filled it ever so slightly above the lower level.
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