2011 Versys 650 Possible Clutch Problems
I am new to the forum and am looking to purchase a 2011 Versys 650. I checked it out last weekend and have a few questions about the clutch. The first thing I noticed was it felt like it had little clutch. I did not feel it disengage the clutch until the last inch or so. The bike was warm already as the owner met me at a cycle shop. When I took off, I let out the clutch a little and it grabbed and lurched forward. I pulled it back in a little and let it out more slowly. Rode a short distance, it appeared to disengage the motor properly, I thought the transmission was a little clunky but after reading up on it that appears to be the norm. Much like my 04 Suzuki Bandit 1200.
When returning to the shop, we noticed the cable was adjusted out to the max. Owner will replace the cable. I felt a few other clutches as there were 3 other Versys sitting there. They all felt very smooth, almost like a hydraulic clutch where the one I want to purchase was not that smooth, could be due to the fact that I am at the end of the stroke of the clutch cable. It also felt much stiffer than the other bikes, could that be due to the lower miles, 30K Km vs 60K Km?
BTW, 30,000 kilometers on the bike and looks in excellent condition. Mostly long rides down by previous owner.
Do you think only the cable could be the problem for the feeling of the clutch? Could the surge in first gear be caused but the wear on the clutch basket or clutch plates or just the fact that I was at the end of the stroke due to the stretched cable?
I will check it out again after installing the new cable but welcome to any comments or suggestions.
Thanks in advance,
Last edited by FlyLikeABandit; 05-08-2016 at 09:48 PM.
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