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I played around with the clutch adjustments because I didn't think the way it clunked when I changed gears was right. After the adjustments, in 4th and 5th gear, the clutch would slip around 5000 rpms, I could back off the trhottle and it would be ok. I readjusted the clutch , now the bike will not start in gear with the clutch in and I can not put the bike in gear with it up on rear stand with it running. I've been riding it like this with no other problems. What do you think is wrong and what do I need to do to correct the problem?
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What you describe sounds like insufficient lever travel. Your lever can't move the entire range required to both fully release the clutch and fully depress it. This is usually just a problem with the adjustment as the lever and clutch arm geometry are designed to allow the full range of motion.

Set the adjuster on the bars to a middle or mostly screwed in position. Then using the adjuster down on the case adjust the play until there is only a tiny bit of free play in the lever when fully released. You don't want the lever tight, you want to be able to pull it back a short distance before it begins to engage the pressure plate. To confirm it's adjusted right put it on center stand and fire it up. Please be careful with this, it's very easy to bump the bike and have it careen off into something solid and expensive. Put the bike in gear and keep the clutch fully depressed. The rear wheel will probably start turning, if you can stop it easily with your foot or the rear brake and there is still a small about of free play in the lever when released then your clutch is now properly adjusted.

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If I remember correctly as per the Service Manual the free play at the lever should be 3MM.


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... I readjusted the clutch , now the bike will not start in gear with the clutch in and I can not put the bike in gear with it up on rear stand with it running.
Not to overlook the obvious..., it wonít start in gear with the side stand down.
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wow, very important to have some play in the cable. about the width of a nickel at the lever and perch.
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