Go Sportsters

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. TurkeyRun

    TurkeyRun Long timer Supporter

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    Hey Inmates "clutch question"

    Subject is a 2018 XL1200NS with about 3K miles on it (yea, yea, worry less... ride more.... I've got other bikes too)

    The "friction zone" feels a bit binary. It has a friction zone, but it's not real big. Now my other bikes (see sig) have a generally forgiving range where as the Sporty kinda feels "on" or "off". Again, yes it has a friction zone, but I'd like to make it bigger... if that makes sense.

    Clutch lever and adjusting screw at the clutch pack are adjusted to spec per the service manual.

    Am I just expecting too much?

    Any thoughts or collective wisdom on the matter?

    TIA

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  2. HapHazard

    HapHazard Be Kind - Rewind

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    ^That cat looks like a wise-ass I wouldn't buy a used car from.
    I'd say my '93 has an average friction zone clutch.
    (Which addresses nothing about your concerns).:dunno
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  3. anotherguy

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    When you adjust do you give the cable enough slack so lever will contact the grip w/o resistance? Do that first and then adjust mechanism (clutch screw) about 1/3 turn from contact. I also run screw in to contact and then apply pressure 2-3 times via lever before adjusting to settle balls in the ramp. Then adjust cable play so you could just fit a US Nickel between lever and perch (little more than 1/16") when play is taken up. Oh lube cable well before every adjustment. Try that routine and see what happens. A dry cable will make things a bit grabby too.
  4. TurkeyRun

    TurkeyRun Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks!

    Will give that a shot.
  5. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    My 08 has a reasonable engagement zone, as good as any other bike I've owned. BTW have you looked at the spring plate (AKA grenade plate) ?? Unlikely it has failed at such low mileage but it does help make clutch engagement smooth and quiet. I learned that when I removed mine and replaced it with two steels and a friction plate, clutch engagement was more abrupt and I got a VERY annoying squeal when taking off in 1st gear, sounded like a slipping fan belt. FWIW I then went with the judder spring setup from a Buell XB/XR1200 and that has worked well, clutch engagement is smooth and silent (but no more so than it was with the stock spring plate)
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  6. anotherguy

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    Do post your results. There's a couple things to look at if a good adjustment fails. First would be a new cable if the old one doesn't respond to lubrication. BTW this is what I use for lubrication. You can use Tufoil8 if you can find it. I use the Harley stuff 'cause it's easy to get. Harley says it's not necessary anymore but I think that's sales crap to make it look cheaper to maintain...kinda like a 50K fork oil change interval. :dirtdog


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  7. HapHazard

    HapHazard Be Kind - Rewind

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    ^I never thought of using a needle-type oiler on a cable - seems like it would work well.
    I use the Grandpa of the Motion Pro Luber that Ari demos at the end of this video (the classic method he demos is never fail).
    The clamp-on luber is okay, but mine wastes oil because it doesn't seal very well on the cable wire or housing (I wrap the whole thing in a rag to keep the mess down).
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  8. TheGr8Pumpkin

    TheGr8Pumpkin Been here awhile

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    Has anyone here ordered from Speed Merchant recently? Placed an order last week and still haven't heard anything from them, despite reaching out.

    Picture to show what the part would be going on.

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  9. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Been enjoying my sportster, over 5000 miles on it so far with no issues.
    I had got a nice saddlemen solo seat, but it was the wrong model for my 3.3 tank.

    Here is the wrong one on top of the new one:
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    These seats are very comfortable!
    The 'wrong' one is for sale, $100.00 if someone wants it.
    It fits my 2009 883 but has a big gap between the seat and tank since its made for the bigger tank bikes.
    The new one fills the gap.
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  10. Philthy64

    Philthy64 Been here awhile

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    Any more pics, ya big tease? :brow
  11. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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  12. TheGr8Pumpkin

    TheGr8Pumpkin Been here awhile

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  13. vntgmx

    vntgmx Been here awhile

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    Put a S&S mini teardrop air filter,Rinehart slip ons and V&H FP3 on and it runs great and has some added pep.
    Have a set of Legend Rev-A shocks coming and then I'm done till the spring when I'll add the Progressive fork kit
    Sportster Life is good!
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  14. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Bike looks good I think with the seat and the rack/sissy bar off the bike:
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    6050 miles on it, I got it with 800 on it...
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  15. Kevm

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    Man that could be the Target parking lot on 73 in Marlton....
  16. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    The Right Aid down the street from there, I stopped to pick something up.
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  17. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    So you're a neighbor!

    I spend a lot of time on our bikes all around Wharton, Sweetwater, Bass River etc etc.
  18. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Yes, but out there I am mostly on my TW200 in the dirt!
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  19. vntgmx

    vntgmx Been here awhile

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    FYI guys I have a Like new Mustang solo wide touring for 3.3gal sporty for sale in the flea market.
    I ended up settling with a dual wide touring on mine. Can’t recommend their seats enough as it really makes the ride much better and lord knows sportys can use some plushness from stock lol
  20. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum Super Moderator

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    Maybe a Sportsters No Go thread? :(

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