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Hello all,

TLDR: any tips/tricks for adjusting the clutch other than what the manual says? Anything else I should keep in mind?

Long: newish rider here; I bought a new '18 Wee last week but I noticed that the clutch was engaging immediately upon release and it had a _lot_ of freeplay. I followed the manual and online videos and I adjusted the free play to 12-13 mm (I didn't measure how much it was before) and I _think_ it's ok now, but I was wondering if there are any tips/tricks to confirm that I'm in "the zone". How can I confirm that I'm leaving it with enough pressure and I'm not going to glaze the clutch? Bike has 500km, so WOT to cofirm slippage is not an option. Also, being a new bike to me I'm still getting used to its power delivery, so I'm not sure if I'd be able to detect slippage. Btw, when on the centerstand, with a cold engine, trans in gear and clutch pulled in, the back tire will slowly start rotating, but I can stop it easily. Shifts are smooth.

Thanks and sorry for the newbie question! (tried also searching but couldn't find threads on the 2017+ models).
 

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Welcome to the Forum. For the clutch free play adjustment, follow the instruction in the owners / service manual, if you have one. While not for an L7, perhaps this link may be of interest, https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650a-2017/423697-gear-shifting-problems-18-dl650.html. The rear wheel rotating on the center stand, while the engine is cold and in neutral, is normal for any oil submerged clutch, https://www.stromtrooper.com/2311241-post24.html.
For a typical clutch slippage test, https://www.stromtrooper.com/2320034-post4.html or https://www.stromtrooper.com/1002554-post2.html
 

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Ultimately you want just a bit of lever movement before you feel any resistance, And when the clutch lever is pulled
all the way in you should with the engine running be able to release it just a bit before the clutch starts to grab and the
bike moves forward.

This would be considered the Sweet spot on the clutch.
 
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