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This little numbered dials

I didnt know what they were for, but it cured a very jerky V for me, and could do possibly for a lot of you out there too!
Im still not sure what the one on the brake handle does, but the dial on the clutch basically gives you more smooth or jerky gear changing depending on the number you have it.

Mine was on 5, the highest number which I believe is there for race riding and a quick gear change, and explains why I found the bike very jerky, especially in low gears.
My mechanic mentioned ideally it should be between 1 - 3, with 1 being the smoothest gear change you can have. I put mine on 2, and WOW, the difference is massive and made my enjoyment of the bike double, since now I am not all over the place when trying to drive slowly in 2nd gear for example.

Just a little tip for you all if you didnt know, and are driving round on jerky Vs.
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At number 5 the level is on minimal distance on both clutch and break lever and number 1 is max distance apart, if you had daintly little hands number 5 would be okay but with gorrila grips and big digits it would be better wider apart or the lower numbers
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the dial on the clutch basically gives you more smooth or jerky gear changing depending on the number you have it.

Mine was on 5, the highest number which I believe is there for race riding and a quick gear change, and explains why I found the bike very jerky, especially in low gears

Thanks for the tip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I thought those numbers were traction control settings. Do I feel stupid!

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They are very helpful. I ended up liking 4-5 the best even though it does seem very close to the bars.
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Im still not sure what the one on the brake handle does, but the dial on the clutch basically gives you more smooth or jerky gear changing depending on the number you have it.
Those dials (both brake and clutch) set the distance between the lever and the grip. The jerkiness is cause by how the operator is using the clutch and/or brake, not by what number the dial is on.
Think along the lines of sliding your seat forward or backward in your car/truck. The vehicle will respond the same regardless of where the seat is, but operation will be easier on the driver when they are in a comfortable position.
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its all personal preference. 5 is my preference for how I ride.
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Have to disagree that it all comes down to the driver.I am driving exactly the same as before, bike is especially much more easy to handle at low speeds.
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Hahaha. This thread is ridiculous.
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Have to disagree that it all comes down to the driver.I am driving exactly the same as before, bike is especially much more easy to handle at low speeds.
You may disagree but you are basing the premise on your personal experience based on YOUR riding habits. Everybody does not have the same hand size and riding habits. Somoene with an 11 inch hand will not have the same reach as a person with an 8 inch hand thus adjustable levers were invented. Its all about getting to the "friction zone".
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Hahaha. This thread is ridiculous.
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Yes, all those dials do is adjust the reach of the clutch and brake levers. Notice when you turn them, they aren't connected to anything. They just have notched bases that vary the distance of the levers from the grips.
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Hahaha. This thread is ridiculous.
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"Span adjusters" - just change the biting point, not the engine characteristics. now suited to your reach obviously,

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Just goes to show you, what Spainy experienced was a diff. grip length that gave him a smoother transistion. I'm going to lower mine just to see what the diff. might be. The bike may actually know our grip size better than we do.....


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switched mine from Kms to miles and now i in trouble with law as the speed limit is 100 and was only going 95 officer
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When I first picked up my Versys it was cold and I was wearing thick gloves, so I dialed the clutch and brake down to position 3 to reduce the reach a bit. Shortly into my trip home I realized (hmm...what is that smell...must be the clutch) that changing that dial also tightened the clutch cable, removing most of the free play. If you play with those dials you also need to check the free play on your clutch and brake cables. On the clutch you should have .08 to .12" of free play at the lever. If you have too little free play the tranny will feel smooth when shifting (because you are in effect riding the clutch), but the clutch won't fully engage when you release the clutch lever. If you have too much free play the tranny will feel rough when shifting and won't fully release when you squeeze the clutch lever. I suppose the dials could provide a very coarse adjustment for the clutch cable free play, but to do it properly you should be using the barrel adjuster on the lever and the adjuster on the other end of the cable (near the head).

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