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something wrong with my clutch cable

Hello Folks...
My Versys have a little less than 5,000Kms. I compare my clutch lever with other friend's Versys (same year and almost same kms.) and his lever is much softer than mine. Do you think it just need lubrication or maybe could be something else? Any ideas?
I will buy a Motion pro cable Luber in my next trip to US in March, What kind of lub do you recommend me to use with?
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You might also consider buying another cable for ~$25 brand new, swap them out, then lube the old one and keep it on hand for a spare.
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Hello Folks...
My Versys have a little less than 5,000Kms. I compare my clutch lever with other friend's Versys (same year and almost same kms.) and his lever is much softer than mine. Do you think it just need lubrication or maybe could be something else? Any ideas?
I will buy a Motion pro cable Luber in my next trip to US in March, What kind of lub do you recommend me to use with?
Thank you...
Search the site. It seems the clutch cable needs to be re-routed at two points. One, near the steering head (I bent up the clip) and two, on the right side on the frame clip.(I pulled mine out of this clip). This can be done in about five minutes without removing the cable. You may also need to lube it or it may be ready to break. But re-route it.
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Had the same problem with mine...I didn't reroute mine I just bent out the metal keepers that keep it in place...Just follow the clutch cable and you will see what I'm talking about...

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I flattened down the upper cable clamp, and rerouted the clutch cable over it. I also opened up the one on headlight bracket to give cable even more room for ample bind-free movement:



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thank you Folks... I will try your recommendations and come back with the results... later!
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I reroute the cable as you suggest and also tried to put some WD40 into the cable... most of it can't get in... I will have to wait until I buy the lubrication device but it is much better and softer.
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Good job! WD-40 doesn't last long, you should get the proper lube.
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I flattened down the upper cable clamp, and rerouted the clutch cable over it. I also opened up the one on headlight bracket to give cable even more room for ample bind-free movement:



How is the clutch for you now ?? The wifes clutch cable will bind once in a while, yes I need to lube it again, but did your modification help any??
We had the cable re-routed last year, seemed fine until now.

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Yes it's absolutely excellent... I rerouted it early when I noticed that the cable was jamming up and squeaking when turning steering all the way in.
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Yes it's absolutely excellent... I rerouted it early when I noticed that the cable was jamming up and squeaking when turning steering all the way in.
Good, think I'll need to replace the stock cable, hope this will help make things better. Normally an after market item is better than the oem , but have not found aftermarket yet, and I knoe there's a list around here of where to go for what

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There is no Versys specific aftermarket clutch cable available.

Although about 150mm shorter, ER6/Ninja650R's cluch cable looks like a heavy duty version of the Versys cable (as noted by jdrocks). It has the same elbows and mounting ends, but is 2.5mm in diameter compared to 2mm for the Versys. Since I rerouted mine, it seems too long. If I ever need a new cable, I will try the ER6 cable, but someone will surely beat me to it.

Versys #54011-0082 $17.70 (Retail $24.20)
ER6/Ninja 650R # 54011-0098 $19.92 (Retail $27.24)

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Thanks for the info !!! Now to look at the wifes V, tell her whats up, and go from there.

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