Main Motorcycle: T140 cafe NRE900cc
Join Date: Jan 2012
Other Motorcycle: Yes
Extra Motorcycle: Of course
There are very few conditions that result in the free play between the pushrod and pressure plate that produce in a change that is noticeable within a couple of hundred miles riding. Most catastrophic, or warnings of a catastrophic failure usually result in an increase in the push rod free play.
The main three examples being, clutch cable failure, the nut coming loose on the mainshaft or the clutch coming loose, all result in incresed play.
The adjustment is so you are able compensate for wear on the clutch plates, this should happen so slowly that you should not need to check the free play beyond regular service intervals; unless you are drag racing.
There maybe one caveat on this; after you install a new set of clutch plates, there could be enhanced wear of the plates until they are are ‘bedded in’.
I think I would try to adjust the pushrod clearance again, making sure of two things:
A) The clutch cable is disconected ath the handlebar end and only reconnected and adjusted for cable clearance, once the pushrod adjusment is complete.
B) The threads on the adjuster are lubricated and free spinning, and that you make the adjustment using the smallest screwdriver that you find will fit. Only adjust using a very light fingertip touch. This is to increase your sensitivity in finding the exact point of contact between the rod and adjuster, sometimes it takese several tries backwards and forwards to determine the contact point exactly.
If you still have a problem after, then theoretically if the clutch drum and hub are badly ‘notched’ through wear the plates might be hung up on them during adjustment-but I think I am clutching at straws here.
Edit: Always check the clearance with the engine cold so expansion does not confuse your readings.
Last edited by Rancidpegwoman; 04-18-2019 at 07:20 AM.