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    1982 R65 / clutch problems

    I own a 1982 R65. Occasionally, the clutch seems to slip or "pop" out of gear. Plus ther are times I have some difficulty getting the bike into gear. Since this is my first "dry" clutch bike the fault may be mine (?). But, more likely I have a clutch problem. How difficult is it to get to the clutch. I realize the battery, carbs and transmission have to be removed. Seems like a big job. Any suggestions or words of encouragement? Thanks

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    Liaison 20774's Avatar
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    Have you properly set up the clutch arm at the back of the transmission and cable adjustment? That's the easiest thing to do first before you start yanking parts.

    The clutch adjustment procedure is given in the Resources and Links thread, specifically:
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    Registered User donbmw's Avatar
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    When was that last time your transmission input splines were lubed. Some of what yor are describing could be this. But I would also check cable adjustment first.

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    Clutches might slip - most noticed with hard roll on at speed in 5th gear. Clutches do not "pop out" of anything. Worn transmission gear dogs and bent or worn shift forks cause transmissions to pop out - and maybe pop back into gear. Worn input shaft splines eventually strip, leaving loud grinding noises and a loss of power to the rear wheel.

    So, you may well have two different problems. Clutch and transmission.
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    Registered User lmo1131's Avatar
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    ... you may well have two different problems. Clutch and transmission.
    +1 But my Pfennig's on the transmission being the problem.

    Per Paul's observation, "clutches" do not pop out of gear; they are either engaged, or disengaged. They can be "sticky" ( if the splines are not lubricated sufficiently ) and tend to "lurch" at bit, but they will eventually settle in and grab (unless of course the lining is shot, at which point it will slip).

    But by all means do the "proper" clutch adjustment per the instructions in Kurt's link; it will eliminate one possibility.
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    There's a problem with the older throwout bearings that might be affecting your bike. The piston would stick in the bore, leaving the clutch slightly disengaged. The fix is to upgrade to the newer throwout bearing design. For that you don't need to remove the transmission.

    It all depends on what is actually happening. Your description isn't definitive.
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