Broke down on my way to work today, I'm sitting in a dunkin donuts right now as I type this looking at my bike outside on the sidewalk.
I have a foot clutch setup which has no clutch cable but I've got it dialed in so the free play is perfect. I've been riding on this setup for 2 years now without so much as a single adjustment needed.
That said, a few weeks ago my my clutch cover started leaking from the seal around the clutch pull arm. This was the first sign that something was up, as it's never done this before. I was in traffic when my bike started to get difficult to shift. I figured it might be time for an oil change as I kept going with the traffic. Eventually though, I heard a tinny snap at the clutch pedal broke free. The arm that typically requires force to move is no longer under any tension and it swings back and forth without effort.
I'm assuming this means my clutch throwout bearing is toast. That said, I don't know why or how this happened. Do they get old and wear out? It's a 2000 so it's been in there for 17 years, which I suppose is not a bad run.
Either way, looking to see if anyone has experienced something similar and what the problem was. One of my brothers will be by this afternoon to tow my bike back to my parking lot where I'll pull the clutch cover off and see what's up with it. Hoping it's nothing too serious.
EDIT: One additional piece of information though, the bike does still shift and run. For whatever that's worth. To get it to this dunkin donuts I would start the bike in neutral, push it, jump on and drop it into first gear. Ride it to the light, slow down, stand alongside the bike and repeat lol. So I do think it's just the throwout bearing and not something more detrimental to the engine as a whole.