Clutch cable freeplay

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  1. robin_nerf

    robin_nerf Adventurer

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    I'm a bit unsure of the clutch freeplay, read the manual that is suppose to be 5mm but since this is my first bike (890 Adv R) I'm not sure if the clutch-arm is suppose to move within the freeplay ?
    The clutch-arm seems to move a tiny bit even if I make the freeplay big(sloppy clutch lever), not sure if the clutch can be TO sloppy and it's better to have it sloppy then tight ?
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  2. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie Supporter

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    Definitely better to have more free play than a dragging clutch.
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  3. TrailTrauma

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    Here's what I built into my riding routine - prior to riding, or even getting back on after riding then taking a break .. lean over the bike, and grab the piece which happens to be orange in this photo below (because it is the Camel 1-finger replacement for visual purposes) and jiggle it back and forth. I always look for my slack there, and not really at the lever. Things can change in a hell of a hurry depending on terrain difficulty, your acceptance of traction control (and therefore not continually slipping the clutch!), and so on...SO check it regularly!

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  4. sonoran

    sonoran a treat especial Supporter

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    Measuring free play at the end of the clutch lever is a little challenging. To make it easier I fit a nickel between the lever and perch that translates to approx 5mm at the lever end.
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  5. Bighammer49686

    Bighammer49686 Been here awhile

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    I adjust my cable to remove the freeplay. The roads around here suck and with it more snug to it's perch, the lever seems to vibrate less.
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  6. windblown101

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    I find sitting on the side of the road or trail with a broken bike more aggravating than clutch lever vibration. Assuming you're serious, you may want to plan ahead and order up a spare clutch pack and carry it with you. This is a really easy clutch to burn up completely if allowed to slip under load. It heats up quickly. If you haven't seen all the photos of crispy clutch plates and in some cases clutch packs that have exploded and turned into broken shrapnel inside peoples motors you might want to take a look. KTM has not been overly sympathetic to those that have destroyed them.
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  7. Bighammer49686

    Bighammer49686 Been here awhile

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    I appreciate your concern (assuming you're serious) but I said I adjust it just to take out the freeplay, not pull some length and hold it there. Do what you want and go for sloppy loose. I prefer mine tighter.
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  8. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer Supporter

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    Yep, I was being sincere.

    Your bike, your preferences. No sweat. Just trying to be helpful.
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    he tee'd one up for you here Dan :-)
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  10. Dan D.

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  11. TrailTrauma

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    I'm trying to do the calculus on whether you might be serious or full retard.


    Then again, those aren't mutually exclusive quantities.
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  12. AdvRonski

    AdvRonski They call me......Ronski

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  13. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer Supporter

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    Pretty much.

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  14. Bighammer49686

    Bighammer49686 Been here awhile

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    Say all you want, but you are not going to wear out a clutch because the cable has no slack. It's not pulling the cable at all, it's just not loose.
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  15. Dan D.

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    Assuming temperature has no effect on your initial adjustment/setting.
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