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post #1 of 7 Old 06-05-2012, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch lever friction point?

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First service complete and my dealer adjusted the clutch. The friction point is now just before the clutch is fully released. After a 40 min ride through traffic, I found it really annoying. At the same time, the bike feels a bit smother.

So the question is, where should the friction point be on a Strom? On my BMW it was right in the middle of the level action and that's where I prefer it.

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Adjust the cable to put the friction point where you want it. The smoother part was your imagination. As long as the clutch isn't dragging with the lever all the way back and there is some free play in the lever, it's fine.

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Yes, the smoother part is probably my brain telling me that new fluids make the bike faster. Just like stickers - those are worth 5 hp each right?

Do I loosen or tighten to move the friction point closer to the bar? I'm assuming that it's only a quarter or half turn to move it.

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I am not going to get specific about how to adjust a cable. You need to try it and be observant as to what changes have what effect so you'll really know yourself. It's a basic skill I believe every rider with control cables on a bike needs to learn rather than be told or have done for him/her.

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Fair enough.

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There is a limited range of adjustment at the lever, and more adjustment at the clutch actuator.

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I agree with G/W, however, think about it this way; when you want the friction point closer to full lever extension, lengthen the cable housing with the adjuster. For more clutch lever play, do the opposite and shorten the cable housing by making the adjuster assembly shorter.
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