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post #11 of 19 Old 04-09-2019, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I will check those out as well. I need to get an owner's manual, but somewhere on here it said correct chain slack was .8-1" and correct freeplay at the clutch lever was 10-15mm (on the outside). Anyone know if those are correct for a 2012 650?

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post #12 of 19 Old 04-09-2019, 03:44 PM
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correct chain slack was .8-1" and correct freeplay at the clutch lever was 10-15mm (on the outside).
Close. My 2012 DL650 service manual states 0.4" - 0.6" (15 - 20 mm) of clutch cable play and 0.8" - 1.2" (20 - 30 mm) of chain slack.
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Mine clunked like that, but when I switched over to Amsoil, that changed a ton. Shifting is a lot smoother now.

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Yuup, my Strom did it and my Tenere does to. I do not like it and avoid doing it.

Clunk means impact in the gear box pure and simple.

To avoid it, you can do a few things. Double pump the clutch right before the shift from N to 1. Leave in gear as much as possible and use the clutch while waiting at lights (it is much safer anyway). And when my bike is warm, I stick it in first before I start it, then pull the clutch in before I thumb the starter.

Yes, some OCD people avoid doing it. Sorry, it is a disease. Therapy has not helped me.

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It’s a once per ride startup reminder that you are operating powerful machinery.

Seriously I guess it’s a wet clutch thing, not releasing completely. You should have heard my old Sportster, CLUNCK! Did it for 20 years no problem. You can avoid by starting in first gear but then it’s hard to back up, for the same reason.
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Go ride a Harley. You'll barley notice the shift on the vstrom after that.
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Go ride a Harley. You'll barley notice the shift on the vstrom after that.
True, pick up a harley, make sure it's an old one, there is little you will hear with loud pipes and other pieces falling off the bike

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If you blip the throttle after pulling in the clutch lever, that can help break the clutch plates free from each other.

Often that isn't necessary, and if you wait long enough after pulling in the lever, the transmission input shaft will have stopped turning completely. At that point you may find it difficult to get the bike to shift into first, as (generally speaking) you can only shift when at least one of the shafts is spinning).

Usually, even with the clutch lever pulled in for a while, there is still enough drag to keep the input shaft spinning slowly, enough that you can shift, but not enough to produce a big clunk.
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post #19 of 19 Old 04-11-2019, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all! I did add some freeplay to the clutch lever, it had very little. I'll check the chain this weekend too. Thanks for all the help!
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