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Hi,
I've noticed that going into 1st gear has got louder and yesterday it stalled the bike 3 times when putting it in first gear from cold (ok when warm) the clutch is adjusted correctly and it's never done it before. I then tried moving the bike (engine not running) in 1st gear with the clutch pulled in but I could hardly move it!! It gave the impression the clutch wasn't working until I pushed with a lot of force the wheels then moved. If possible could somebody check theirs just so I know if it's right or wrong as it's going for a service on Tuesday and I can get them to have a look.
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Armo
 

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Hey Armo, it is common for Ducatis get a noticeable clunk in the first gear, however I would be rather careful and in your case check it during upcoming service.
 

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sounds like the clutch is not fully disengaging
 

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Hi,
Thanks for response, it's always had a reassuring clunk but now it's a loud clunk and then a stall! Any chace you could check yours to see if it's hard to push in gear with the clutch in when cold (engine not running)?
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Tim,

Mine is terribly hard to push, Doug (husband) had a KLR650 that was the same way; I don't think that's uncommon, but it shouldn't stall going into gear. Does it still do it if you work the lever several times before putting it in gear?

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Tim,

Mine is terribly hard to push, Doug (husband) had a KLR650 that was the same way; I don't think that's uncommon, but it shouldn't stall going into gear. Does it still do it if you work the lever several times before putting it in gear?

Sarah
Thanks Sarah, I'll try a few pumps on the lever and see if that improves it but never needed to do it before and I have 2/3mm free play and the small lever on the clutch housing goes the full distance. One strange thing is I looked in the clutch housing via the oil filler hole and sometimes the plates don't appear to move! So not sure what's happening.
 

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Yep the clutch plates are sticking together, not terribly uncommon, google it and you'll see what I mean.

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Straight from the workshop manual;

The following is a list of possible causes of clutch malfunction.
A clutch which does not disengage may be caused by:
- excessive play of the control lever;
- distorted clutch plates;
- incorrect spring tension;
- faulty clutch release mechanism;
- excessive wear of the hub or clutch housing.
 
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