Oh One Eyed Green Monster,
I cannot stress enough that the clutch cable adjustment has no effect on these issues. I have adjusted it from so loose that the friction zone was just off the handle to where it was so tight that it was like the lever was pulled in by ¼ the normal movement.
I just went down and checked the adjustment (bike has not moved in 8 hrs) and it is currently as you suggest… pull on the black part of the cable at the lever, about 1/8th of the silver end comes out.
Now, that being said… there is no logical reason that clutch adjustment would affect the surging problem. Nor is there a logical reason that having the clutch adjusted properly would cause there to be less clutch drag than if it was adjusted way over tight.
The best I can describe the surging issue… Pull lever in, drop into gear, slowly release until friction is felt … it should be smooth as a baby’s a$$. Instead I get widely spaced pulses of power like there are high spots in the clutch (for lack of a better term). The pulses get closer together as the bike picks up speed or if the RPMs are increased. If I release the clutch to leave from a stop the problem is not very apparent. When it gets me is if I need to feather the clutch to go real slow (like waiting for a light to turn green without putting my feet down). If I am at a stop I can let the clutch out just into the friction zone and the bike will move forward a couple of feet then stop (no moving the lever). Then I push the bike backwards (or forwards) a foot or two and it hits a high spot again and wants to move forward. I can bounce against that point while sitting at a light as if I am working the clutch lever, but without moving the lever at all.
Dealer’s response was “It’s normal.”
The clutch drag is easier to describe… Slow the bike down in first (or second) gear with the clutch full out until the RPMs are at idle. Pull the clutch full in and the bike just keeps going. Last weekend I cruised around the Publix parking lot for 3-4 laps without letting the clutch out, bike didn’t even slow down. The bike will even go up slight inclines like this. If you hit the brakes the clutch will slip and you can coast to a stop, if you rev the engine same thing happens, if you kill the engine it’s like you hit the brakes.
After the dealers response to the surging issue I didn’t even bring up the clutch drag. But now the problem seems to be getting worse.
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