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I've only put a couple tanks of gas through my recently acquired 2010 Cross Country so I'm really only still familiarizing myself with the personality of this machine. What I'm experiencing is a minor annoyance but one I haven't read much about so maybe it's not normal.

I only really notice this at low speeds maneuvers, when I release my clutch lever it is not smooth, kind of hesitates then releases more than I wanted, in a bit of a jump. I expected some kind of binding in the lever or the cable ends but after a thorough disassembly, cleaning and greasing of lever bushing and cable ends there's no fraying or obvious binding and the notchiness is still there.

I have read about people discovering that previous owners had greased inside the cable, which had hardened or collected grit over time and became stiff....this feels like that but it doesn't look that way from close inspection, cable seems clean where it enters the sheath, and to my recollection it slid in and out of the sheath easily while it was unhooked.

Next I checked the cable play and it was kind of tight so I added some relief to it. Currently it engages about half way out of it's full travel but the adjustment had no effect on the notchiness. I am beginning to think this is the normal action for this clutch setup. Does anyone else experience any grabbing or is some notching acceptable? By the way, bike has only 8k miles on it.

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There are some cable lubes out there that have a needle type applicator, it uses a silicone type lube to get it down the sleeve and into the cable. Vic has some themselves, I would stay away from the grease type stuff and just use a actual cable style lube, I've also heard of guys taking the cable off the bike and actually soaking it over night in oil then letting it drip dry out. Ends can look just fine and clean, somewhere inside that sleeve could be a different story, go to grab the lever and snap the cable.....


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I've only put a couple tanks of gas through my recently acquired 2010 Cross Country so I'm really only still familiarizing myself with the personality of this machine. What I'm experiencing is a minor annoyance but one I haven't read much about so maybe it's not normal.

I only really notice this at low speeds maneuvers, when I release my clutch lever it is not smooth, kind of hesitates then releases more than I wanted, in a bit of a jump. I expected some kind of binding in the lever or the cable ends but after a thorough disassembly, cleaning and greasing of lever bushing and cable ends there's no fraying or obvious binding and the notchiness is still there.

I have read about people discovering that previous owners had greased inside the cable, which had hardened or collected grit over time and became stiff....this feels like that but it doesn't look that way from close inspection, cable seems clean where it enters the sheath, and to my recollection it slid in and out of the sheath easily while it was unhooked.

Next I checked the cable play and it was kind of tight so I added some relief to it. Currently it engages about half way out of it's full travel but the adjustment had no effect on the notchiness. I am beginning to think this is the normal action for this clutch setup. Does anyone else experience any grabbing or is some notching acceptable? By the way, bike has only 8k miles on it.
My Hammer was like this after awhile. Check the little bushing that is in the clutch lever. Could be gummed up with dust/dirt debris. That cleared mine up. I think when you take it out your supposed to put some waterproof grease or white grease or something like that.

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Mine did the same and it was grime in the bushing on the lever. Had been doing a lot of riding in dry dusty weather and got caught in the first heavy rain that coated the bike in a sludge from the roadway. It took a lot to sort that gunk out of everything and any part that moved had buildup on it.

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I've only put a couple tanks of gas through my recently acquired 2010 Cross Country so I'm really only still familiarizing myself with the personality of this machine. What I'm experiencing is a minor annoyance but one I haven't read much about so maybe it's not normal.

I only really notice this at low speeds maneuvers, when I release my clutch lever it is not smooth, kind of hesitates then releases more than I wanted, in a bit of a jump. I expected some kind of binding in the lever or the cable ends but after a thorough disassembly, cleaning and greasing of lever bushing and cable ends there's no fraying or obvious binding and the notchiness is still there.

I have read about people discovering that previous owners had greased inside the cable, which had hardened or collected grit over time and became stiff....this feels like that but it doesn't look that way from close inspection, cable seems clean where it enters the sheath, and to my recollection it slid in and out of the sheath easily while it was unhooked.

Next I checked the cable play and it was kind of tight so I added some relief to it. Currently it engages about half way out of it's full travel but the adjustment had no effect on the notchiness. I am beginning to think this is the normal action for this clutch setup. Does anyone else experience any grabbing or is some notching acceptable? By the way, bike has only 8k miles on it.
PS this is not normal. Again check the bushing.

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keep in mind the clutch has to be overnight cold when you adjust it.
Never warm or hot. No more than 1/8" cable play at lever

Did you unhook clutch arm down at primary and at lever and then with both hands pull on cable to see how it felt.

Maybe you should go and buy a new cable. Paulie could do a ship now so you could have it before weekend

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You just need to clean and grease the ends. Make sure there is some free play, but not so much that it gets hard to shift. BTW, you need free play regardless of the temperature and time of day.
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Appreciate the replies guys - the bushing was thoroughly disassembled, cleaned and greased, and it is not the source of the bind. In addition, I remember that when the cable was detached from both ends it slid easily in and out of the sheath with no discernable drag. I will look for some cable lube and try that. If no change I suppose I could remove and soak the cable, or just replace it. Paulee how much would some lube or a replacement cable run, shipped to Cape Cod 02645? PM me if you'd rather. THX

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I installed an ez pull arm, and it makes the pull more even feeling. I to also thought that the clutch pull felt a bit odd, but I was coming off a hyd clutch bike so was not sure. As mentioned disconnect at engine and slide cable in and out see if the drag is notchy or smooth. WD 40 or really any "oil" probably is not a good choice as oil based stuff likes to collect dirty and gum up stuff. Cable lube should be silicone type lube I think now.

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