Super Tenere clutch bleed question

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by dickensheets, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. dickensheets

    dickensheets smprparatus

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    Oddometer:
    312
    Location:
    Las Cruces, NM
    Morning gents,

    I want to bleed and freshen my clutch fluid.

    I'm familiar with brake bleeding and have done it several times. This is my first hyd clutch, bike has 20,000 miles. System works fine, just want to freshen up the fluid.

    Now it seems to me the clutch springs will "push back" when I crack the bleeder and suck air. Is this true?

    Is there a different technique for this as with disc brakes or is it the same procedure?

    Ryan
    #1
  2. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2010
    Oddometer:
    3,901
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Pretty much the same. The clutch springs are the pressure that will be pushing the fluid out of the bleed, they won't cause it to draw air in.

    When I drained my hyd clutch to replace the piston, I tried bleeding from the top down and could not get it to rid itself of all the air. I finally had to use a syringe and fill the systems from the bottom -> up and then it was a piece of cake. I got my syringe at a Tractor Supply/vet supply house, for horse injections.

    [​IMG]
    #2
  3. avc8130

    avc8130 Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,691
    Location:
    Northern NJ
    Ryan,

    I just bled mine like normal brakes. If you are swapping the fluid, it should be easy. You could probably just open the bleeder and let the fluid flow down while keeping the reservoir full.

    Be careful if you do the pump, hold, open bleeder method. The reservoir only holds a tad more than 2 cycles worth of fluid. You need to add fluid often.

    ac
    #3
  4. dickensheets

    dickensheets smprparatus

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    Oddometer:
    312
    Location:
    Las Cruces, NM
    Thanks guys.

    Ryan
    #4