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post #1 of 23 Old 03-21-2019, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch lever activation point

I've gotten used to the clutch dis-engagement being in the initial travel of the lever. I've also got adjustable levers.

I understand shortening the rod that actuates the piston but my question is does that leave the clutch lever floppy?

All my bikes that had cable clutches ended up with floppy levers cause I have small hands and wanted the lever closer to the grip. With the hydraulic clutch I would like to move the activation point closer but not loose the solid feel I have now.

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Obvious question, I know...but have you experimented with the clutch lever adjustments? Flushed your clutch fluid in the last year?
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Obvious question, I know...but have you experimented with the clutch lever adjustments? Flushed your clutch fluid in the last year?

I have an adjustable lever and the clutch fluid is good.

The hydraulic clutch doesn't have any "pre-travel" at the lever. Starts to disengage as soon as you pull it. So the other 3/4 of the travel doesn't do anything. Normal from what I've read.

I would like to have a lever feel more like a cable clutch. The dis-engagement more in the middle of the lever travel if that's possible.

If not getting the point closer to the grip would be better for me. My fingers have slipped off the lever before (when using 2 fingers) because it's at the end of my fingers. Small hands...

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So weird, as my Valkyrie hydraulic clutch starts to engage very close from the grip.....like my 650 cable clutch. That was honestly another thing I didn't like about either of my previous 1000's, the clutch didn't start to grab pretty much like yours.

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Spec, I just went out to the garage to measure my clutch lever, same bike as yours(unless you have something different than what's shown in your profile).

Lever adjustment at (3)
Free lateral pushrod movement before disengagement resistance is felt- 3mm
Lever end movement( measured just before lever ball end facing the grip) before disengagement resistance is felt-16mm

I didnt start the engine to see the distance from the grip when engagement starts. Hands are a glove size 9(L)
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The answer is YES. There is a bit of free play at the clutch lever when doing the "Clutch lever mod". I was surprised that is doesn't seem to act like a really loose cable clutch however. Have not heard any complaints about it from owners that have done it. Whether you grind the pushrod, or grind one of the adjustment posts, it really makes the clutch action a lot more like other bikes.
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What is the "clutch lever mod" ?

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Cmon man! A moderater asking this....search function....cough......


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Ahh...

I didn't think we would reference something on an ancient, prehistoric version of the DL1000.

Truth is using the board's search function only pulls up a ton of things that aren't really related plus I don't think it went back to the stone ages. Only Google search did a meaningful search and found the thread.

When I see you at the Ironhorse I will have to see what the mod does. I often mentally get these things backwards in my mind. I don't have an issue with the release point, just that it drags and never releases as fully as the Clutches did on my DL650's.

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Why would you need to consider the clutch mod when you have adjustable levers? Am I missing something here?

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