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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-25-2017, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Clutch feels bad, man

So, for the life of me, I cannot upshift smoothly with any sort of consistency with this bike at all. When leaving from a stop, the friction point of the clutch feels fine but when rolling, it feels like there is no friction point until the very last bit of travel from the lever resulting in jerky upshifts.

Ive adjusted the lever but it doesnt feel any different. Shifting at higher RPM (around 6k) seems to help a bit but Ive never had so many issues with a clutch out of all the bikes Ive ever ridden.
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On mine the clutch is similar with the friction point being toward the end. After a bit i got use to it and have it down for smooth shifts. When my bike was in the shop for a month the first couple of days back on it were awkward with the shifts. Upshifts without the clutch work very well on this bike.

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Also when I'm shifting mine once i pull the clutch in and feel the gear engage i just let the clutch go I don't ease it out. (Not on take Offs) 2nd gear and on. I ride my V-1000 like a dirt bike when shifting...Works great for me...

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I adjusted ALL of my Vs (3) so that the 'friction-point' is much closer to the handle-bars, and have done it for a few friends on Kawis (Vs and KLRs).

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I adjusted ALL of my Vs (3) so that the 'friction-point' is much closer to the handle-bars, and have done it for a few friends on Kawis (Vs and KLRs).
This is what I had to do on my Gen 3. I had issues early on, thought it was me fumble fingering the clutch lever, turns out 'taint necessarily so, things smoothed out after moving the engagement point out...
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