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My clutch used to be way out on the lever. Now I barely move my fingers out and the bike takes off. There is no distance between fully pulled in and the friction point. As if it is partially let out to begin with. When i shift up to second it had to be forced up. So I kicked it back down to first and pushed it back down the block.

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It may just be a clutch cable adjustment at the handle bar,lever, or down at the transmission case!

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