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Author Topic: Clutch bite changed after service  (Read 597 times)

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Offline Merman

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Clutch bite changed after service
« on: October 13, 2021, 05:02:00 am »
So, the story so far..
Bought my xv950r brand new

Just took my bike in for its first service yesterday
All went well 😁
When I went to ride away, I thought the bike was in neutral as I started to roll back before takeoff 😆

The clutch bit so late.
It wasn't ever like this before.
The clutch has been the same since I got the bike and the bite came much earlier. Lever about half way out. Now its biting when almost fully open 🤨

I went back into the garage to ask why/if/what the story was...

The guy said it's adjusted to what the manufacturer states. I said that's fine but its totally different to how I got the bike. He said you can change it if you want but it'll burn out the clutch. I said, well why would I change it if it were going to damage it, so I'll leave it as is.

But the more I think about it, the more I wonder...
It's certainly different to what it was
It's really not nice!

Can you change/adjust the bite position on a hydraulic clutch? (that's the real question to you guys)

Thanks for looking



Offline srinath

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Re: Clutch bite changed after service
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2021, 05:08:37 am »
I thought it is a cable clutch on all yrs of the bolt.
Cool.
Srinath.

Offline DrM

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Re: Clutch bite changed after service
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2021, 10:31:00 am »
Since you bought the bike new, you should have an owners manual.  What does your owners manual designate as your model number?  And what makes you think the clutch is hydraulic?  I'm with srinath in thinking all Bolts have a cable operated clutch -- not hydraulic.  But in either case, the clutch lever movement (at the tip-end of the lever) would only be about 1/4" before engaging the clutch plates.  From your descriptin, it sounds like the ether the mechanic is incompetent, or deliberately dicking with you.  I would never go back to such a mechanic.  You can adjust the clutch lever moveent yourself, by the way.
« Last Edit: October 13, 2021, 10:56:54 am by DrM »

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Offline lunkhead

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Re: Clutch bite changed after service
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2021, 11:21:22 am »
It was first service so it's normal to have gained more play since you first got the bike. You wouldn't have noticed because it was happening gradually over time. The mechanic took a lot of play out to put it back to where it was when new and you noticed it from one ride to the next. If a lot of play works for you, that's fine but too little play is not good.
« Last Edit: October 13, 2021, 11:23:01 am by lunkhead »
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Re: Clutch bite changed after service
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2021, 03:52:33 pm »
Agreeing with and summarizing Dr M and Lunkhead POST above (with a comment or 2)
NEW Bike (bi-cycles too) -- the NEW CABLES Stretch, so they will need an Adjustment eventually
Owners Manual to verify --- about 1/4" rotation of PLAY sounds what My BOLT has
I pull my CLUTCH Handle all the way in - release about 1/4" and Nothing happens, LIKE i am in Neutral - let go little further THEN 1st gear grabs as i take off
IF pull CLUTCH Handle all the way in - release and immediate TAKE OFF of BOLT occurs - that can wear out Clutch, that is Too Tight, needs SOME Play
BONUS - No CLUTCH required - at least Twice, i accidentally FOOT Down on Gear Shifter and my BOLT dropped into Gear (No CLUTCH pulled)
Probably it is much harder , if possible , to GO UPWARD from 1st to 2nd and so forth without using CLUTCH Handle
E - 1st John 4:10

Offline Merman

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Re: Clutch bite changed after service
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2021, 05:12:59 pm »
thanks everyone for taking the time to respond

Srinath, you're quite right it is a cable clutch [my mistake]
DrM, don't know where I got the "hydraulic clutch" ::)
lunkhead, I see what you're saying. It really feels like a different bike now and not in a good way.
E, i had a similar experience on my Z750L2 way back in the 80's when my clutch cable snapped and i was in the middle of Botswana ><, no clutch gear changes all the way home

I didn't know if this was a common thing or not. I haven't ridden  a bike in years and after talking with the mechanics they had left me with the firm impression this is how it is. But now that's maybe not the case
certainly when i got the bike the clutch should have been to manufacturers spec...

i've added a simplistic render to better show what i now have

Offline DrM

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Re: Clutch bite changed after service
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2021, 06:47:20 pm »
Your best bet is just adjust it yourself.  The attached page is from a 2014 Bolt manual, but though the chapter may have changed, it is the same info for all years:

Offline Merman

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Re: Clutch bite changed after service
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2021, 07:02:11 pm »
Thank you
and thanks for posting the document