Hi Guys, I've just come into possesion of my first Triumph(77-Bonnie) and the clutch pull seems quite hard compared to any of my other bikes. Is there anything I could try to soften up the clutch pull?
Start by lubing the cable. I always clean mine out with WD-40 then lube it with a Teflon lube such as Break-Free. Or, just put a new cable on. You should also check that the adjustments are correct on the clutch operating rod, just to be sure. You should be able to find what you need to do it on one of the old threads here. Or...you can get a manual, which you should have anyway.
Just some mindless ramblings of the "village idiot": Jim
I have a Haynes, a Clymer, and factory manuals, both repair and parts. They should be available from the British suppliers and restorers who do the old ones. The parts book is invaluable for its exploded views.
I like the factory ones the best, as they are specific to the year of bike I own. The Haynes and Clymer ones are very good, but they cover a multitude of years and I've found some very small discrepancies at times....nothing earth-shattering, but nevertheless... Sometimes I'll check one against the other just to be sure, but I'll always go back to the factory one. The factory parts book, which is an original, is an absolute God-send, especially when you forget just where that odd piece laying on the bench is supposed to go.
OHIO> I use a product named "Dry Slide" It comes with a needle for presice lubing area. It resists water, dirt and dust. First check adjustments of clutch then you lubricate the cable by taking all of the slack out of it and disconnect it at the cluch lever . Shake the Dry Slide untill you hear a rattle in the can. Place the end of the needle on your cable and gently squeeze. You will be amazed watching the Dry Slide run down inside the cable & no where else. Also, put some on the cable ball ends.
A friend rode his Sportster from California to Ohio. He complained that his clutch was hard to operate. We put some Dry Slide in the cable. It was no effort to pull the clutch after.
I'm in Beavercreek,near Dayton where in Ohio are you?
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