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    Dragging in first gear

    Hi folks. New owner of a 2013 nc700x and new member on this forum. I notice when I pull the clutch while coasting to a stop in first gear there is a drag on the motorcycle. At first I thought it was the brakes dragging but the rotors are cool. I don't notice it while drifting in second or third but first definitely has a drag. Any ideas on what this could be?

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    Is the clutch freeplay adjusted correctly?

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    Is the “drag” trying to slow you down while coasting? Or is it trying to pull forward when stopped?

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    The drag slows the bike. No foreward pull at stops. Clutch free play is ample. Also hard to find neutral. Jumps from 1 to 2 & 2 to 1 like the clutch is not disengaging fully but there is not "that" much freeplay. Otherwise shifts fine.

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    Have you tried spinning the wheel by hand?
    #1 - Turn off the engine. For safety, don’t mess around with the engine running.

    Put the bike on the center stand and manually rotate the rear tire in neutral.
    Then have a friend hold the clutch while you shift into 1st and manually rotate the rear tire.
    Do this in different gears. What does the ‘drag’ feel like in different gears? Do you hear any strange sounds?

    When ‘in gear’ you will be spinning the internal transmission. It will spin the internals faster when in 1st (largest gear reduction) and should have a little more drag than 2nd gear or higher.

    At what speed do you downshift into 1st gear? Typically for me it is below 5 or 10 mph. At that point I don’t feel much drag at all. If you are going faster than that, you will really be spinning those transmission gears and clutch plates at high speeds and that could cause more drag.

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    I agree with Jt, but I would add that if what is happening is you are dropping it into 1st from 40 mph you could do damage to your bike.


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    Has the chain tension been checked? I recommend setting it to the very loose end of spec. If a dealer made the chain adjustment, I'd assume they set it too tight. A tight chain (or even a bad rear wheel bearing) could cause some drag.

    What viscosity oil is in the engine/transmission? Could it be too thick? Honda recommends 10w-30 or 10w-40. Does the problem improve when the oil is warmed up? Cold oil makes for more clutch drag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 670cc View Post
    Has the chain tension been checked? I recommend setting it to the very loose end of spec. If a dealer made the chain adjustment, I'd assume they set it too tight. A tight chain (or a even bad rear wheel bearing) could cause some drag.

    What viscosity oil is in the engine/transmission? Could it be too thick? Honda recommends 10w-30 or 10w-40. Does the problem improve when the oil is warmed up? Cold oil makes for more clutch drag.
    Good recommendations being posted on here.
    It seems like most problems posted on here are fixed by checking your battery connection or chain tension Dragging in first gear
    It's funny but true.
    Old, cold or too thick of oil does make a noticeable difference.

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    Agree with post #7 ...........other things to check:
    Clutch free play ample ? Too much more than spec would cause poor disengagement. Same for aftermarket clutch lever or aftermarket fat grips.


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    I am also in agreement with post 7 particularly in relation to oil viscosity.
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