Originally Posted by omnivore
I have 12 yr old fat kid hands, so I like the clutch friction point close to the bar. I have a harder time with clutch modulation if the friction point is far away from the bar. Whenever I ride someone else's bike I notice this right away.
ALl of my own bikes have the clutch cable slack adjusted so the friction point is quite close tot he bar, in fact others often stall my bike repeatedly becasue I have it start about 1/3 of the way released from the bar.
The drawback is that te cable slack allows the clutch lever itself to flop in and out becasue there is no tension pulling onit for the first last 1/3 of it's travel.
I have no idea if the F800R is cable or hydraulic clucthed though. For hydraulic clucth friction point adjustment, I have no idea. My old Hurricane 1000 gave me fits witht hat problem, and I never knew how to solve it.
The R is a cable clutch.
I know what you mean. I spent a lot of time playing with the cable play to get it to engage closer to the bar. As you mentioned, the looser it is, the closer it can engage, but you have the lever flopping around which doesn't seem good. Also, if you make it too loose, you run the risk of the clutch not fully separating when you pull the level in. Swapping to adjustable levers that are closer to the grips did help some, but it exacerbates the issues above if you leave too much play.
Guess I'll just have to get used to it.