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Adjust in the primary and set the freeplay at the lever also

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1st and 2nd gear keep jumping out of gear

You may want to make sure the clutch cable is properly adjusted. At the clutch lever on the handlebars, pull back the rubber cover over the end of the cable where it goes into the lever. You'll find a round lock wheel that you tighten to prevent the clutch cable adjustment from moving. Loosen that wheel then you can turn the clutch cable adjustment in or out to adjust the clutch engagement and take up. For those bikes, you want to adjust it so that there is a small amount of slack in the clutch lever. Look at the "crack" where the lever pivots when you pull on it. Adjust the clutch cable by turning that adjustment in or out until you have just barely enough opening to slip a nickel edge into the very outside of that "crack" when you apply very, very light pressure to the clutch lever (just enough pressure to take the slack out of the lever). Tighten the lock wheel back into place and try it now. Also, make sure you are using a good, FIRM foot pressure to engage each gear. If you don't engage firmly enough or the adjustment is out, then it will pop out of gear. You notice it more on the lower gears because the lower gears allow the engine to send more torque thru the clutch, thereby providing more force to make it pop out of gear.

If this doesn't help, then take it to a shop to see if it's simple worn clutch disks (easy to replace on this bike) or if the gears have worn teeth in the transmission.

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How do you adjust the clutch and the clutch cable ?

use a T-27 with a small ratchet and use pressure to get the derby cover off the first time. If you try and take any kind of short cut you will have a bad day.

Adjust only when totally cold

When adjusting the clutch, back of the adjusting screw out and then spin back to tighten. You can really feel it when the adjustment screw seats. As soon as you feel that little bit of pressure, stop! Just rotate a half turn back, and you should be right on the money.

The clutch cable will stretch over time, but all you have to do is take up the slack. Just tighten it up until the clutch lever has a nickel's worth of slack in it. If it's too tight the clutch might not fully engage. You do not have to adjust the clutch if you are just taking up slack on the lever.

These tasks take very little time, even for a first timer. Again, don't over think it. Trust me, I know it's easy to do.

Hope this helps.

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I have a 2003 Honda Gold Wing California Side Car trike conversion - Radio is all original equipment... Radio will play on AM, FM1 and FM2 if ignition in ON poition (motor not running).....will not play...

I have same ride same problem put your ear down by the cluch lever and you will hear a click when you let the cluch out the same time the radio quits if you take the switch off and hold it closed the radio will work all the time

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I have a 1993 FXRP which I am guessing is the basic same engine as regular FXR. I want to adjust the clutch because even though it is engaging when i let the lever out it takes until it is almost to the...

Adjust the clutch on your FXRP the same way you adjust it on any H-D.

First, find the cable adjuster, loosen the lock nut, and turn the adjuster inwards and get as much slack in the cable as possible.

Then, take the derby cover off. In the center of the clutch assy, you'll see a bolt and a locknut. Loosen the locknut and turn the bolt inwards until you feel a resistance. Do not force the bolt as you'll start to disengage the clutch. Turn it inwards only until you feel the resistance. Then, back the bolt back out 1/2 turn, and lock the lock nut. Replace the derby cover.

Now, go back the cable adjuster and adjust it outward until you have 1/8" freeplay at the lever. Lock the locknut and replace the rubber boot.

Good Luck

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Push in clutch lever play even with new cable on my 74 TL125

It still sounds like that roller ball is missing. Do you have a manual to check for exact location? Yamahas have them on the casing side but not sure about Hondas. It is REALLY easy to drop out without being seen.

Parts in that casing do not usuall "weld" themselves together unless someone has really been abusting the clutch. Could be the clutch spring has lost some tension but no way to tell without comparing it with a new one. If you had a manual or even a friendly dealer you could find out proper specs. for the spring and then measure yours.

Don't just start replacing parts without verifying they have failed. It can just get expensive and not solve anything.

If you have a digital camera, take a picture of the assembly you believe to be seized together and email me at
I will see what I can figure out.

How many hours / km on the bike? Clutch plates may be kaput but you don't mention clutch slipping?

Don't cut the cable yet. If you do, just trim it to about mid adjustment. It is easy to cut a bit more than cut too short! Either way, cutting is a bodge job. Best to find root cause and fix it.

Send me pictures if you can.

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Please take time to rate this a fixya

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