Question about 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1
Turn clockwise the tensioner on your left lever all the way in.Loosen up the 2 nuts on the clutch cable's bottom end.Pull the **** (not especially hard though) and tight the nuts back.Then go to your lever's tensioner bolt and adjust the cable so that the lever's end (ball) should move 2-3cm before the cable stretches (freeplay 20-30mm)
Posted on Feb 10, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: stiff shifting into second gear
Yes, too much slack can cause the problem. Remove the slack by adjusting the cable at both ends if needed. Here's the deal, if the clutch does not work fully, the engine is still applying pressure to the driven gear. The pressure on the gear does not let the shifter move freely.
Try this little test > on a clear road shift from 2nd to 3rd using the clutch but don't let off the gas when you shift. If the motor reved up when you shifted then the clutch was doing its' part at least a bit. Now do the same process but this time do not use the clutch at all. Instead, let off the gas when you shift. Letting off the gas lessens the drive pressure on the gears and will allow the shifter to better do its' part. Not using the clutch is commonly referred to a "power shifting ". If out on the road and the clutch cable breaks, this is a way to keep going for a bit.
As to worn dogs and shift forks, your bike is pretty new so I doubt wear is a problem. A bent shift fork is a possibility but since you have a funky clutch cable I suggest we keep it simple and start there.
Posted on Mar 17, 2009
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