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clutch sticking when i first start the bike

Clutch doesn't disengage when I first put in gear I have to hold the brakes and turn the motor over till the clutch plates break free after that works fine I'm running rotella t3 15-w40 new clutch kit and clutch basket
 

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clutch sticking when i first start the bike

Clutch doesn't disengage when I first put in gear I have to hold the brakes and turn the motor over till the clutch plates break free after that works fine I'm running rotella t3 15-w40 new clutch kit and clutch basket
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Old clutch?
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Just started?
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Bought mine in the Fall, just got out to ride. Didn't notice it before but now I do. Does have fresh 10w40 synthetic yamalube in it. All I need to do is ride it around yard once and it's fine.
 

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So you don't know the condition of the clutch then.
Are you riding it as soon as you start it, or are you giving it a couple munutes to warm up?
If it works normally after riding it a short distance, I wouldn't worry about it.
 

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When they sit, oil drains out of the clutch pack and the plates stick together. What I gather from your description is perfectly normal. You could try warming it up longer, working the lever a few times before putting it in gear, and a lighter oil like a 10-40 or 5-40.
 
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In your case it may be the 40 that needs to go lower also... a 10-40 oil, for example, has viscosity of 10 equivalent at 0 degrees and 40 equivalent at running temp. You want it thinner at ambient temps, well above 0, so try lowering to a 5-30 and see if that helps. Not normal, but your clutch is perhaps marginally too thick or somehow sticking... After running the thinner oil for a while, switch back to normal 10-40 and see if the issue has gone away.
 
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I'm no stranger to toys, it's just that of all the machines that I've owned and driven for about 40 years, I've never encountered this issue.
 

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Raptor clutch plates have been known to drag when cold...
 
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