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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-31-2007, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Clutch question/issue...

I've noticed lately that the clutch is acting a bit weird... weird being that I need to hold it in pretty hard against the handle for it to "work"... by work I mean this:

1. If the bike is in gear, and I put down the kick stand, the bike shuts off unless, like mentioned above, the clutch is held very tightly... I know you guys will say it's normal, but it's not... I shouldn't have to hold it too tight for it to still run... what really bothers me is the next issue...
2. Same issue with the clutch but when turning the bike on... starter button won't do anything unless clutch is held tightly in...

Now to my question... what would be the reason for this? In other words, how/what do I adjust/replace in order to give just a little more play to the clutch lever, so that I don't have to hold it too tight in order for the 2 above issues to work correctly? Can the little switch under the clutch be bad? I know that switch senses whether or not the clutch is engaged or disengaged, but does it have a certain sensitivity as well??

Anyway, enough of my guessing... any ideas how to fix this?


Cliff notes: in order to turn on the bike while in gear, instead of normally pulling the clutch in until it barely touches the handle, or even less, I need to actually use some force and grip it against the handle, otherwise bike won't turn on in gear... starter button does nothing... how do I fix this?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-31-2007, 01:37 AM
 
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What kind of bike?

My Girlie rides a 01 SV650. She dropped it once, at a standstill at the lights, and when she picked it up, it simply wouldn't start. Long story short, she had bent the clutch lever very slightly, not enough to be noticeable, but enough that the small switch under the lever wasn't actuating. A new lever fixed the problem.

It's possible the switch is worn, or is incorrectly adjusted. The contacts inside it may be worn or corroded. either way, adjusting the lever probably wont help, and will just screw up your clutch.

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-31-2007, 07:55 AM
 
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Your bike is supposed to shut off if you put the kickstand down while the bike is in gear. It's a safety feature.



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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-31-2007, 10:04 AM
 
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The clutch switch might have an adjustment and may have come loose.
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If I remember right your bike is a ZZR600? The clutch switch is not adjustable. You may have a bent clutch lever and need to get a new one to fix the problem.
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I'm going to check it out in a little bit... how does the switch work though? Like how does it sense where the lever is... is there something popping out of the switch which comes in contact with the lever, and now it's coming into contact with it too early...?
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It's a brand new zzr600 btw
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-09-2007, 08:27 PM
 
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Um, iv never had any issues with this my clutch has always been easy to pull. But you may want to adjust it. You can do that by a big knob at the end of your clutch lever, its large and silver you can twist it to tighten and loosen. Also your bike should start in Neutral without clutch and with the kick stand down. other than that if your still having probs its under warrenty take that sucka in!
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issue resolved... I think I had a bent lever... doesn't look like anyone dropped my bike while it was sitting in the garage haha... I got black levers from ebay and now engine shuts off about 4-6mm after letting go if it's in gear, and clutch engages at about 15mm... works great
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issue resolved... I think I had a bent lever... doesn't look like anyone dropped my bike while it was sitting in the garage haha... I got black levers from ebay and now engine shuts off about 4-6mm after letting go if it's in gear, and clutch engages at about 15mm... works great
I knew thats what it had to be.
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I knew thats what it had to be.
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Where is my reps??

I ordered the levers because I wanted black ones, not to fix the thing, but since you did mention it before I ordered... fine fine here's your damn rep

EDIT: can you add rep on this forum or am I blind ?

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I ordered the levers because I wanted black ones, not to fix the thing, but since you did mention it before I ordered... fine fine here's your damn rep
Stock Kawi levers? Thre ZX6/10 levers or did you get aftermarket?
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Stock Kawi levers? Thre ZX6/10 levers or did you get aftermarket?
No, stock ebay ones... they feel pretty solid though... wish I had the cash for pazzo(sp?) but I don't
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I have pazzo's on my zzr600 and it kind of ****s with the way the clutch switch works as well..



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Clutch slippage

After I got my bike (brand new 06 636) the clutch started slipping and eventually the lever tightend so much the clutch went out in my bike and over heated. I lost all gears but first and it would not do over 30mph. I got the clutch fixed and it started to do that again. I adjusted the lever so it loosened up and it has not happend since, but I was told that is not supposed to happen and you are not supposed to have to adjust the clutch really. All I know is I watch it more closely now. Since the dealers are a-holes and jerk me around, I dont' go there anymore.
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