1985 VT700 Clutch Problem
Just got a great deal on a 1985 Shadow 700. Bike is in great shape, new paint, no major problems, engine runs perfectly. However, clutch is giving me issues. After riding for awhile and it warms up, the clutch all but quits working. It won't engage completely, so the bike won't go out of gear. Obviously it's nearly impossible to come to a stop at a stoplight/sign, unless you can get it in neutral quickly before it dies. Getting back in gear and taking off is even harder, as well as shifting while cruising. Never realized how much I took the clutch's job for granted until I didn't have one...anyways...
I thought maybe there was just air in the lines, so I bled it out completely, and topped off the fluid. It ran perfectly, better than ever, for a few hours. Then it started again. I thought maybe there might be a leak, but I can't see fluid anywhere. The seller I got it from, a good friend of mine, said that he had some issues, but the shop told him that the clutch was fine, it just needed a new gasket kit, so that was installed.
I'm not sure where to start now to find the problem. Has anyone else had this? I'm new to the cruiser world, so I figured I might find someone who has had the same issue.