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well it should have about 3 mm of play at the clutch lever until it starts to pull the cable if it hasn't then adjust the cabke until it has,also a stiff sticking cable will cause this take the cable oyt of the clutch lever and out of the clutch arm in the clutch cover and try to move the inner cable with your fingers ,it shouk move very easily if it doesnt put a new one on it.
you need to take the clutch cover off and inside you will find a small shaft going up to your clutch lever. If that lever is broken you will have to replace that shaft.If the clutch shaft checks out check your cable that could be broken. If it is then replace and adjust and you are good to go. Good luck on the bike
On the back of the lever there is a screw and a round bolt. Unscrew that bolt until the right amount of play is in the lever you are problably going to want about 5-10mm of play in your lever. If it is to tight with no play it will start to engage your clutch ealry and possibly damage something. If you can put that screw the whole way out and you still have to much play you are going to want to replace the cable all together because it has streched and could possibly snap when riding. Good luck I hope i have answered you question A.J. Weaver
I looked up your bike and i belive that your bike has a cable clutch on it and not a hydrolic. So on your clutch lever there will be a bolt that goes into the the lever and a securing nut where the cable goes into the lever. If you unscrew your bolt the clutch get tighter and if you scew the bolt in the clutch gets looser. You should try to lubricate the cable and clutch. If it has been sitting for to long it may just be getting stuck. make sure that your clutch lever snaps back into possition. Your clutch lever has to have some play in it because if it is set really tight you will start to engage the clutch. If it is to loose then you wont be able to engage the clutch. You want about 6-10mm of play from the end of the handle bars to end of lever. So it will move that far before it will engage at all. This is a factory setting you may tighten or loosen depending on your riding style but remember the consiquences of what you are doing. if this is how your bike is set up then it is probalby your clutch plates. I hope this has helped you if you have any questions about any step just shoot me an email anytime. Good luck A.J. Weaver
Here's how I'd try to fix the clutch:
1.) Try to adjust the cable at the handlebar; usually there's a little bid of clutch lever travel (like 1/4"-1/2") before the clutch disengages. For right now, adjust the clutch so that there isn't any play and the adjustment all the way out. If the clutch disengages the transmission, then you know you have to fiddle with the cable to get it adjusted properly.
2.) The clutch plates could be sticking: here you'd have to take the clutch cover off and get to the clutch. Remove the clutch (usually an impact is ideal for removing the clutch holding nut. Take the clutch apart (steels and clutches), make sure they aren't sticking together. Then dip the clutches in oil, then reassemble.
3.) Sometimes the clutch basket (holds all of the clutches and steels in a "basket") gets grooves in it. These grooves prevent the clutch from disengaging. Sometimes you can file the clutch basket fingers down to remove the grooves. Alternatively, if the clutch basket fingers are really worn, you may have to replace the clutch basket.
Typically, when your in the clutch side of the engine case, I'd examine 2 and 3 (above) at the same time.
Good news, you just need adjust the clutch cable..
Always order the part for your model and year when getting parts and make sure it matches in length with the old one. Note how much cable is sticking out of the housing.
Is it 3 1/2 inches or 4 inches or 2 inches. make sure the new one matches.
Put the new cable on with lots of slack.Slack at the adjuster, and slack at the handlebar adjuster
Now pull the lever in, it will be easy because of the slack.let it stay there.
It will stay against the grip.
As you tighten the cable adjustment down by the cover, you'll notice the clutch lever move out.
Once it reaches the top, stop adjusting and pull it in again.
Continue adjusting and pulling the lever until the lever springs back to the top.
You can feel resistence which is the clutches disengaging.
Make sure there is 1/8" free play when the lever springs back.
Now turn the clutch cable adjust on the handlebar outward, which will remove the rest of the slack.
Only leave 2mm slack on the lever.
Now start your bike up and it should work like new.
You want your clutch to disengage within the first 1/2" of pulling the lever in.
This ensures the clutches are definately disengaged by the time you get the lever pulled back to the grip when shifting.
If your clutches are slipping or dragging no matter how you adjust the cable then your clutches may need replaced.
But sounds to me like its just an adjustment.
Hope to be helpful
Loosen clutch cable adjuster locknut and the front of the outer primary cover and turn the cable adjuster inwards until a large amount of free play at the hand lever on the handlebar is recognized.
Remove the clutch adjuster access plug, Loosen the adjuster locknut and turn the screw inwards until it becomes harder to turn (starts to release the clutch) and continue turning 2 more turns to be sure clutch is disengaged.
Adjust all the free play out of the clutch cable by turning the cable adjuster in the front of the outer primary outwards. Do not put any tension on the cable, just adjust all the freeplay out of the cable and tighten locknut on the primary cover.
Now, Back off the adjuster screw at the release mechanism until the clutch is engaged and the screw turns freely. Then turn inwards until it just bumps and then back off 1/8 to 1/4 turn. Locknut the locknut down and install the access plug. There should be about a 1/16" free play at the hand lever.
Does it lurch forward a little? If so, First thing to check is the cable adjustment. As you pull on the clutch lever, you should be able to feel a little free play before the lever actually starts pulling the cable. You should have approximatley an 1/8 inch gap between the lever and the perch when lever engages the clutch.
If it's not the clutch dragging, check for a faulty kickstand switch.