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How do i adjust the clutch on my shadow vt700. when taking off in first gear bike acted as if i were taking off in second gear..

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There is 2 spots you can adjust your clutch.

1. on your clutch leaver there should be a tension screw where the cable goes in if you need more clutch you have to make sure to bring the screw out a bit

2. down on the side of your motor you will see a cable going in there should be a sleeve covering the cable pull up the sleeve and tighten the slack by bringing the screw out a bit.

good luck.

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