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I have noticed recently on he highball when it is in gear but the clutch pulled in it is very hard to push, in neutral it is fine. Almost like the clutch is not disengaging. Seems to run fine although she shifts a bit tougher than the XC.

Early signs of clutch failure?
 

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Yup I noticed this as well on my XCT.
Engine on or off and in neutral, it is always easy to push.
With the engine running, in gear and clutch pulled in, it is easy to push.
With the engine off and clutch pulled in it is hard to push.
I guess it is just the way it is.
 

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Trying not to make this an oil thread, buuuuuut, your oil is making your clutch plates stick together just a little bit. Wait till winter, it'll really stick!
 

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Yes, cold oil is thicker, hence 'stickier' than warm oil
 

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Entirely normal, why would someone desire to push thier bike in gear with the motor running and the clutch pulled in?
They're really designed to be ridden not pushed.
Its the drag of the clutch plates.
When kickstarting my old XS650 Yamaha even in neutral I used to pull the clutch in and give the kicker one go and I could actually feel the plates fully release by the kicker going through its stroke a lot easier.
Then it was fuel on, ignition on and in one kick she would fire up( ok sometimes 2 kicks depending on how the planets were aligned)
Clutch drag.
 

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If it more of an issue cold, Id vote an oil issue, but not one that has to be addressed. Every bike I have ever owned was like this cold. The heavier the bike, heavier he clutch the more sticky it was cold.
 

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why would someone desire to push thier bike in gear with the motor running and the clutch pulled in?
Pushing backwards out of a parking spot, or backwards into a parking spot, or backwards into your garage, or.....
 

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Just put the bike in neutral before pusing it anywhere ... And when it is in neutral you can pull the clutch as much as you like ... If that floats your boat ?

Cars and bikes or anything else are not disigned to start in gear ... So i would imagine pushing it would be the same ?
 

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Pushing backwards out of a parking spot, or backwards into a parking spot, or backwards into your garage, or.....
Id probably simply snick the bike into neutral,
These days I see so many bikes parked downhill into the gutter and such.....amazes me they dont think ahead.
I always park like I'm robbing a bank, Bikes in the right direction to leave.
The exception is my home or my shed, my garage, its all the same, I stop, go inside open the rollerdoor and ride straight in.
Next morning I start the bike and wheel it a few feet backwards
out the door and it warms up while Im locking up
And putting helmet and gloves on and Im away.
Thats the only time I dont park ready to leave.
So your scenarios dont exist for me.

Edit...re reading your post, I also never park in gear so its pointless leaving my bike in gear to park it, why make life harder for myself.
In my home the ground is level.
95% of the rest of my parking the rear wheels in the kerb.
Im a neutral starter.
 

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+1 On what MBX is saying... I roll my bike out backwards from the garage and that's the only place. The rest of the time I am backed in ready to rock and roll. I never leave my bike in gear unless I am traveling on a ferry.
 

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easier to push tyres

i noticed how much easier my Hammer rolls since installing pirelli night dragons, surely due to their sportier rounded profile, corners much easier as well
 
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