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Drag/resistance in gearbox

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New DRZ owner here in Frederick, MD. Happy to be a part of the family.

 

It had been a few weeks since I rode (still no license) so I had to jump start the bike yesterday morning. I did this weeks back after a wreck in the woods and had great success, but this time noticed a considerable amount of drag/rolling resistance when the bike was in gear. I expect a difference between neutral and gearbox engaged but was a little alarmed this time. With the clutch in, and gearbox engaged it was hard to pickup speed on my short hill. I put the bike in neutral and got immediate speed as expected.

 

Is this drag normal and something I just failed to notice before?

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It's the hydraulic resistance from the oil between your clutch plates. It's completely normal. If you try it when the bike is warm you will notice that the effect is less pronounced because the oil becomes less viscous at high temperature.

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