HELP!!!Tiger Clutch Problem on 2000 mile Trip!!!!

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by xtphreak, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. xtphreak

    xtphreak from B4 "adventure bikes"

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    ok guys, I'm 1000 miles from home in New Hampshire.

    all of a sudden, the clutch feels softer, easier to pull in, but then I realize that it isn't disengaging, can't get into neutral at a stop.

    I adjust the cable slack at the lever, works ok for a little bit, then same thing

    I stop and take up adjustment at the clutch end to regain some adjustment at the lever, soon it's doing the same thing

    HELP????

    can it be the cable getting ready to snap?

    I don't feel any dragging like a frayed cable, what the heck is going on?

    oil level is OK

    I'm looking online for the nearest dealer for tomorrow, dang it the SS1000 was going to be tomorrow (rained and rained on the way up so it got hosed)

    any suggestions?

    solutions?

    is there anything in the forum about adjusting the clutch, not just the cable???

    I just checked into a motel with WiFi, so I'll be searching and hoping for someone to offer a solution.

    ok the nearest Triumph dealer is Second Wind in Merrimack, NH 97 miles straight down I-93 (where I left from this afternoon), but .... they ain't open on Monday

    the next is in North Hampton, NH 113 miles (Great Bay Motorcycles) ...also closed on Monday

    damn

    the next is in Essex Junction, VT Frank's Motorcycles 116 miles, but a lot of non interstate ... but ,,, they are open tomorrow
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  2. johnnyadventurepants

    johnnyadventurepants Been here awhile

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    Sorry, I got nothin'!:(:
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  3. kkug

    kkug Been here awhile

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    I had a 99 Sprint ST and the arm ( the thing that the clutch cable hooks on to ) broke where it pulls on a thingy to disengage the clutch. After I fixed it I caryed a spare. I sold my bike and the spare went with it.

    Check that and hope that you get back on the road.
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  4. Mudhen

    Mudhen Foul Adventurer

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    I'd give Mustang a call...not sure where in NH you are, but from the sounds of those mileages, he's probably closer than any of those dealerships, too!

    http://www.geocities.com/mustanggarage/

    Good luck - send me a PM if you're going to be over in the seacoast area at all!

    Pat
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  5. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

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    Classic cables going symptoms.
    It loses a few strands and stretches, adjust, loses a few more adjust - yes it'll break soon. I have gotten home with a stuffed cable a couple of times, but it's hard work.

    Be very very careful as you can destroy the clutch as well (The cable snags and won't let the clutch engage fully - which wear sit out like crazy - which can do a lot of engine damage ....

    Pete
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  6. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Any good independent motorcycle shop should be able to make you a clutch cable.

    The Triumph shop here in Dawsonville, GA is open today, if that helps you at all. http://moto400.com Ask for Andy, he is a Triumph certified tech and has been for years. He's a stand up guy and will shoot you straight. Tell him Flux sent you to him. Good luck. :thumb
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  7. xtphreak

    xtphreak from B4 "adventure bikes"

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    short version

    Mustang fixed me up, good man :nod

    long version

    bummed out in Lincoln, I went to Truants' Tavern had waaaay too much meatloaf, taters and corn ... washed down with copious quantities of COLD American Beer :thumb and watched the Deadliest Catch on the flat screen behind the bar

    thus fortified, I repaired to my lair (Mt. Coolidge Motel ...very nice) and began my search for a) Triumph dealers within limping distance b) a brain storm on how to repair c) advice from the august members of this thread :D

    Mustang PM'd me before I woke Monday AM with his phone #, offered advice, a trailer, or what ever he could do to help

    what we did was after I rode down, we pulled the cable off his '02 Bonnie, and found that while the ends were the same and the outer jacket length was workable, there wasn't nearly enough adjustment to make it work.

    Mustang then slipped a chunk of aircraft aluminum in his lathe and made an adapter :clap
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    pretty cool. huh?
    add a bit of tape and a hose clamp and it worked just fine :nod

    finally got here

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    and finally got home too (well a couple hours away anyway ... NC/TN line @ 5512 ft elevation)

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    and the tiger took a nap at the end of things, tired her out I guess?? :dunno

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  8. Mudhen

    Mudhen Foul Adventurer

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    :eek1

    Oh no!!! That sucks...hope you got her back up and there wasn't any damage...to her, the house, or you!!!

    And I hope you did the crankcase breather mod... :lol3

    So did you do the saddlesore?
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  9. xtphreak

    xtphreak from B4 "adventure bikes"

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    :nah no damage ...wasn't running

    I was just pooped and somehow knocked the kickstand back, so when I pushed her in, and set her on the sidestand, she sat on me instead!!:rofl

    I luckily broke the fall with my soft and not so valuable body, actually the left bar landed on a rubbermaid bin and there was no damage done


    except to my ego :eek1

    nope on the saddlesore

    weather delayed me on the way up ... 4+ hours of pouring rain in PA
    on the way back I got tired and I learned the hard way 36 years ago that if I get tired and sleepy ... I stop and catch a nap :nod

    maybe this fall when it cools off some I'll try again

    but I accomplished much of what I wanted to ... I rode up Mt Washington, rode the area a bit and I will be back!!!

    with spare clutch cable installed (also spare throttle cable too):rofl

    I really really enjoyed the ride on the Tiger ... it's a fine steed for distance

    I'm thinking I'll probably wind up a Tiggerphreak
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  10. mustang

    mustang Lurker Extraordinaire

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    you meet the nicest people on a tiger .............oh wait that was a honda commercial :poser
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