Main Motorcycle: 2012 Tiger 1050 SE
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Pearl, MS
Other Motorcycle: 07 Suzuki Burgman 650
I really appreciate all the good feedback folks. After I posted this yesterday, I thought to myself "surely this has been asked/discussed before" and when I searched the forum database, I found a bunch of previous discussions on this topic. There are WILDLY differing opinions and suggestions regarding tranny clunk - so I am going to try a few different things over the next week of riding to see what helps:
1. already adjusted clutch lever out to furthest setting (I had it set for closest setting since I bought the bike - now I am trying the setting with the furthest travel for a bit to see if that helps.
2. I spun the clutch cable adjuster (at the lever) about 4 revolutions to take all the slack/free play.
These two adjustments did not make any discernible difference so far - I'll put some more miles on the bike before I adjust them again.
Several previous posts said to make darn sure there was sufficient slack in the chain - if too tight, it could magnify the tranny clunk problem.....checked the chain and it seems to be a little slacker than specs, so I don't think the issue is there.
As I have a mere 1,600 miles on the bike - perhaps time and mileage will mellow out the clutching/shifting.
Regarding the option of shifting to Neutral at stoplights - GearHd6 has a valid point - if you are in Neutral, you have no chance of evasive maneuvering in the event of a brain-dead texter failing to see you or the red light - it would suck to go out like that. I shift to Neutral at lights to rest my clutching hand - I find the clutch on the Tiger 1050 to be stiff and it feels good to rest the left hand in traffic/city riding. My tranny finds Neutral really easily - from 2nd gear as I am approaching a stoplight, I can tap down to Neutral almost every attempt...occasionally, it goes down to 1st and I have to toe-up to Neutral.
Again, thanks for all the feedback guys.