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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-08-2011, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone noticed their clutch being "grabby" when the bike is first cranked? The clutch in my VTX is just as smooth when first cranked or after it's been ridden all day. My XC seems to line out after 10 to 15 minutes of riding, but it is annoying up to that point.

When taking off, it grabs some, then releases a bit, then repeats. The first time I noticed it I actually wondered if the belt/pulleys had become screwed up. It results in lurching when taking off.

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Is it the clutch or the clutch cable? On mine the clutch "pulses" a little when I first let it out for the day's ride. After that it's good. I've had my clutch cable get grabby and used the Dupont lube to take care of it. Still working great after a couple months so I rekon it's good to go.
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Has anyone noticed their clutch being "grabby" when the bike is first cranked? The clutch in my VTX is just as smooth when first cranked or after it's been ridden all day. My XC seems to line out after 10 to 15 minutes of riding, but it is annoying up to that point.

When taking off, it grabs some, then releases a bit, then repeats. The first time I noticed it I actually wondered if the belt/pulleys had become screwed up. It results in lurching when taking off.
My VTX 1800F was also very smooth always. But my 2011 X/C has acted just as yours. I can,t say I notice it any more. I don't know if I just got used to it as being the nature of the bike, or its not doing it anymore. I distinctly remember it when I first got the bike, now I'm going have to get on it in the morning and see if it does it anymore. The only thing thats been changed since I first got the bike is I changed the oil to Amsoil on the 500 mile srevice ( sorry I mentioned the 3 letter word O_L ) but now you got me curious.

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My XC does the very same before it gets warmed up. Only 800 miles so not sure if it will go away in time. Once moving it's fine and doesn't seem to happen again.

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I noticed the same thing. Just out of curiousity, I tightened the clutch as far as I could just to see if it put more tension on the cable for a smoother release. Still the same problem.
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I believe its in the clutch plates. When you come home from a ride the oil and plates are hot. So when every thing cools off there is oil between the plates and its thicker and cause the plates to stick together.
So as you ride the oil heats up and goes away.
In the manual it tells you to start the bike in neutral and hold the brake while putting in gear.
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There is very little lash in the drivetrain; if you clutch isn't perfectly adjusted and you start in gear you'll feel a little lurch.

As far as riding goes the clutch will act differently than some bikes because it is a wet clutch. Once the clutch/oil warms up it should go away.

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It is what it is. My bike does it and has always done it since new.
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My bike does it as well but just when it's cold. It will hunch, lurch whatever you want to call it when I'm trying to turn around and head up the driveway. Once to operating temps it doesn't do it. I had heavy duty clutches in a bike i built one time and it done this. I would prefer it didn't, it annoyed me to start with but the bike is so damn sweet I've got used to it.

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