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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-26-2016, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hydraulic clutch 15 &16 RG

Has anyone had hydraulic clutch problems with the 15 or 16RG, I had the recall complemented but if I back the bike up with it in gear with the motor off I can still feel the clutch drag. l asked the dealer about it and they said they had some problems with the bike taking off on some rides and to just hit the kill switch if it happens, I asked him, for $25,000 should I hit the kill switch before or after I hit the car in front of me. Has anyone heard of any permanent fixes for the hydraulic clutch problems.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-26-2016, 09:33 PM
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What you are experiencing is normal.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-27-2016, 08:38 AM
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If you have Syn3 in the primary, could be the culprit. Try HD Formula + or Redline Primary fluid. Make sure the level is right.
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Originally Posted by bucketlisthd View Post
What you are experiencing is normal.
I would say so also, if not normal, at least not unusual.
Taking off with the lever in is another issue, one that I haven't heard of being a problem. I believe the recall was for the clutch not releasing fully due to air in the system.

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Hydraulic clutch principles, likely since invented for MC's have changed little to none. Harleys are no different (just like metric/imports
bikes can run on domestic fuel)
Res, slave, shaft steels frictions pressure plate ( Al billet 6 spring ^*) common basket setup
Squeeze the clutch lever, fluid to slave , slave forces rod to separate plates, pressure plate returns and maintains positive pressure transferring power

Very basic 101

Plates have to separate to put in gear

The slave has a bleeder
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-28-2016, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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I was told by the dealer the recall was for air bubbles in the master cilender and that there was a chance the bike could takeoff if started in gear with the clutch pulled in , or sitting at a light . Just wanted to know if anyone had an issues
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My riding buddy bought a 2016 RG Ultra about 1 month ago. It was delivered in the dealer trailer to his doorstep & got put into his garage. Three weeks later he insures it & is set to take his wife for their first ride on the new bike. Clutch fails. It takes the dealer 4 days to come pick the bike up and they have had it over a week now with no end in sight.
It appears to me that the new MOCO motto is to sell the customers a crap product & see just how much sh_t they will put up with before they all go out and buy another manufacturers product.
I have a 2015 RGS and have not taken it in for the clutch recall. I want to see how long it lasts before I have to have it done. 15000kms & counting.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-13-2016, 01:49 AM
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Clutch issues x2

I have a 15RGS and have taken it in for the recall. There was an issue with the fluid deteriorating the rubber parts inside. Since my recall service I have taken it back twice to have it checked because it feels like it is not disengaging the clutches when you first start to ride. i always warm my bike up several minutes and even tried pumping the lever several times, no luck. Now it seems to be feeling softer when the drivetrain is hot. At times it even feels like a cable clutch. Harley dealer says it's normal. Hell, all the tapping, vibration, cupping tire, paint damage from leaking master cylinder, it's all NORMAL. I finally got pissed and told them " That's Horse Shit!" They got a little upset but I don't care. I just spent $26K+ and they are not taking care of the problems. All they say is "Ride it until it breaks, you have a warranty". So I have to put my life and my wife's life at risk not knowing if this bike will fall apart or lock up while we are riding down the interstate or near the edge of a mountain cliff. Maybe I should have gotten another make of bike this time. Sorry for the rant but the clutch issue can be a dangerous and/or expensive problem. I hope you get yours straightened out also.
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With the engine off and moving the bike in gear some clutch drag will be normal, especially if the bike is cold
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-13-2016, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by psrumors View Post
With the engine off and moving the bike in gear some clutch drag will be normal, especially if the bike is cold
Yes it is, and it's not brand specific. My metrics did it too. I always park in gear. To cold start I push the bike forward with the clutch out, pull the clutch in, back off a hair, and click into neutral. I start in neutral with clutch pulled in to minimize drag as much as possible.
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