Originally Posted by Taranis
Getting the cable aligned properly at both ends so it doesn't rub against the end of the housing making a corner when it's under tension, and cleaning and lubricating the lever and cable makes a huge difference. Mine is buttery smooth, and I'm not worried about wearing it out. The effort is on par with, or lower than, the KTM hydro clutches on new bikes at the dealer.
I lube mine all the time and the pull is fine - how do you align the cable and keep it so?