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Clutch Dragging

Recently bought a new 2013 V. If I "properly" adjust the clutch to have the prescribed free play, the clutch drags. Its drags enough to make shifting from 1st to N nearly impossible unless forced. I presently have the clutch adjusted to engage at midpoint, with no slipping. However, there is no free play at the end of the lever.

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Do you adjust the clutch cable at Both ends?

Did you check the cable at the lever end is not fraying from the end ferrule?
some have had odd engagement issues as the frayed wires stretch as as you squeeze the lever in so doing less on the clutch.
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I adjusted it at both ends and there is no cable damage as the bike is new.

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All I can say is, if the bike is new, take it back to the dealer and get it adjusted properly.

My experience is that I have plenty of adjustment available on my clutch cable, with no issues. With your new bike, your experience should be similar.

With the spec'ed amount of slack gap at the lever, and it drags (not fully disengaged) when shifting, there's a problem somewhere.

Adjusted the way you say - tightened up until there's no "drag", but no free play - there is a risk that the clutch is not fully engaged, and that will kill your clutch pretty quick, as it may be slipping under load, perhaps imperceptibly for now... As I'm sure you understand.

Just my take on it.

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Recently bought a new 2013 V. If I "properly" adjust the clutch to have the prescribed free play, the clutch drags. Its drags enough to make shifting from 1st to N nearly impossible unless forced. I presently have the clutch adjusted to engage at midpoint, with no slipping. However, there is no free play at the end of the lever.

Any thoughts?
Kawi seems to set their bikes up so that the dis-engage point is a LONG way from the bars. I have set-up MINE (and a few others, both KLRs and Vs...) so that the dis-engage point is CLOSER, meaning my Vs have MORE than the 1/4" slack the manual calls for. The result is that it's MUCH easier to get the bike rolling in difficult circumstances (STEEP hill), and my OEM clutch cables are STILL on my bikes as I'm not "trying" to pull the end off when I hold the lever to the bars.


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Kawi seems to set their bikes up so that the dis-engage point is a LONG way from the bars. I have set-up MINE (and a few others, both KLRs and Vs...) so that the dis-engage point is CLOSER, meaning my Vs have MORE than the 1/4" slack the manual calls for. The result is that it's MUCH easier to get the bike rolling in difficult circumstances (STEEP hill), and my OEM clutch cables are STILL on my bikes as I'm not "trying" to pull the end off when I hold the lever to the bars.


Me too...
I did it mainly to relieve tension while holding the clutch in at lights.
But it also gives you a bit more control in the city parking lots with curved fingers rather than fingers straight out and trying to control the bike with your fingertips.

Take a look how the clutch cable goes down the steering tripple.

I Mines goes down the RHS of the Frame and I have found that sometimes it gets caught between the center tripple and the lower mounting frame of the front headlight faring assembly.
If it gets in there, then for me it is harder to clutch, and also affect clutch movement while turning right.
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