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Old 06-10-2012, 06:06 AM   #1
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Location: Buena Vista, CO
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Clutch question

The bike is a 05.5 950S with approx 17k miles. I recently purchased this Adventure to compliment, or possibly replace my SE, and have noticed a distinct difference in the clutch feel between the two bikes.

On the Adventure, the resistance on the clutch lever seems to vary between firm for the full throw, vs no resistance for the first 1/4 throw. It seems when you pull in the clutch to shift during hard acceleration, the clutch lever won't have any initial resistance for the first 1/4 to 1/3 of it's normal travel. Other than when accelerating, the clutch is firm for the entire travel.

I had an extra .5mm CJ oil jet on hand so I installed it, but no difference.

On my SE the clutch pull is firm no matter how hard I ride it.

My local dealer says he thinks the clutch basket is getting notchy and will need to be replaced, but that doesn't really make sense to me. I've had dirt bike clutch baskets get notched and they didn't feel like this.

What do you suppose is going on?

On a side note, I really like the Adventure, and think it might make the SE expendable (if I don't have to start throwing a bunch of money at a major clutch repair).

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