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Sounds like there is slack in the clutch when shifting into first

I have a 2000 zx9r. I will be coasting trough a stop sign at about 5 mph with THE CLUTCH IN and then i'll let it out quickley to engage first gear, but there is a loud "click" before it engages. I've put the bike up on the stand and just spun the wheel by hand in first gear with the clutch in and then let it out (just like on the road) and the same sound occures. Im hoping this is a clutch issue rather than a problem with the transmission but any advice with this problem would be greatly appretiated!!
Thanks for your time,

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  • demac35 May 11, 2010

    Unless you know it didn't do this before then I wouldn't worry about it, Kawasaki's tend to make a kind of bang noise when first is engaged due to the syncromeshing on the input and output shafts, I'm asuming that you cant select 2nd gear while the engine's not running if so you have sprung loaded dogs on 1st and 3rd and it will clonk quite badly, either way if it sounds too horific then the only option is to take it to your dealer and let a teck test ride it at least he may put your mind at rest


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The clutch is not dis-engaging properly. Cables can stretch a bit. There shou;ld be an adjuster either at the clutch handle or at the transmission. Just take most, not all, of the slack out of the cable.
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ok, three different possibilities here. first, you replaced your broken lever with a lever that has the hole for the cable end a little closer to the perch, and you dont have enough range of adjustment to tighten up the cable. this is probably the least likely scenario, since you need a very signifigant change in the lever or perch assembly to throw your adjustment off that far.
second, your cable may have frayed or just broke. follow the clutch cable all the way to the engine, and keep an eye on the arm that it attatches to. it should move when you pull the lever. if theres no movement, then your cables broken or frayed.
if you can see that the cable is pulling on that arm, then your problem may be internal. also less likely though. but as a last resort, if you have the mechanical knowledge, then check behind the pressure plate for anything that may have broken in the assembly that pushes the pressure plate outwards. IM not too familiar with the kawasaki's design, but there may also be an adjustment screw and locknut right in the center of the pressure plate. tightening up just a little usually solves this isssue.

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