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After feeling the pressure required to activate the clutches on my friends' bikes, and lots of bikes at the IMS show, I am absolutely certain that my clutch is stiffer than a... Well, let's just say it's stiffer than any other clutch around. ;)

The cable is, AFAIK, adjusted properly. I know this because it became extremely difficult to shift into neutral, and my initial troubleshooting showed that someone had turned the adjuster barrel at the lever in. Turning the adjuster back out to its previous position made neutral easily accessible once more, but had no effect the amount of pressure required.

It's been like this ever since I got it back from having the motor swapped, so I'm assuming it's one more thing the untrained monkeys at the shop screwed up. My question is as follows:

Does anybody have any idea *what* they might have screwed up to make the clutch so incredibly heavy? I'm hoping it's the cable routing, but also wondering if there's something under the clutch cover that might have something to do with it...

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-Kit
 

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First things that comes to mind is the cable routing or the cable is turning bad and need to be replaced.

Don't know this bike well enough yet but the only thing I can think of under the clutch cover that can make it stiff is if the clutch pressure plate springs was replaced with stiffer racing springs.
 

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Don't know about the routing on your bike but on my 07 I found a significant reduction in the necessary force by rerouting the clutch cable behind the switch assembly. Seems just having the cable very snug up against the switch as it turned through ~90 degrees created enough friction that it was a painful experience after a very short while. Getting enough slack or play in the cable housing so that it can flex freely as I turned the handlebars was the answer. The need for the extra slack was a result of putting in the Gen Mar risers.
 

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did you check inside the clutch case to make sure they didn't slip a viagra in there? :p

Have you taken the clutch cable loose from the clutch lever on the engine to see if the problem is the cable or the clutch itself? cable could be kinked in the sheath or something.
 

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Thanks, guys. I already have a new cable, so I'll swap that in as soon as it warms up a little bit.

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Well, today it warmed up a little, so I swapped the cable. Night & day! My clutch now feels like other motorcycles, & I suspect my left hand will ache a lot less. :D

One thing I noticed, though, is that the (presumably Triumph) cable I removed had a metal piece with about a 90* bend at the motor end of the cable, where the Yamaha cable I replaced it with is straight all the way along. Anybody know if that bend is supposed to be there?

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Hey Kit.
Glad to hear you got her working good. Did your shifting improve at all. I am having problems with clunky shifting in lower gears and think it may be due to a incorrectly adjusted clutch cable. I can't seem to get it right though, so thinking about going with the Yamaha cable (only $15).
 

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I really can't help you with that over the Internet, I'm afraid. I feel like one man's clunky is another's solid... I rode my friend's VFR a couple months ago & I could barely tell if I was in gear- if that's what smooth is, I don't want it!

I can tell you this: when my clutch cable was improperly adjusted, it was just about impossible to get the bike into Neutral.

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-Kit
 
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