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I bought the bike used back in October with no warranty. It is a 2011 Kingpin and it had 1700 miles on it when I got it---what I consider new. On the test ride it was a chilly day and when the bike was cold I noticed what seemed like high spots on the clutch. If you held the bike back and let out on the clutch slowly, it felt like it was jumping. After the bike warmed up it went away. The bike now has 3000 miles and while I was riding last week, it seems like it is doing it more and more. Not just when it is cold, but now even when it is warm. Then it goes away and comes back. Bike still shifts fine. When it gets really cold it does it really bad. Is this something I need to start worrying about? How much will it cost me to just go ahead and replace the clutch and is it something a backyard mechanic can do?

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I bought the bike used back in October with no warranty. It is a 2011 Kingpin and it had 1700 miles on it when I got it---what I consider new. On the test ride it was a chilly day and when the bike was cold I noticed what seemed like high spots on the clutch. If you held the bike back and let out on the clutch slowly, it felt like it was jumping. After the bike warmed up it went away. The bike now has 3000 miles and while I was riding last week, it seems like it is doing it more and more. Not just when it is cold, but now even when it is warm. Then it goes away and comes back. Bike still shifts fine. When it gets really cold it does it really bad. Is this something I need to start worrying about? How much will it cost me to just go ahead and replace the clutch and is it something a backyard mechanic can do?
I assume you checked the clutch adjustment at the lever and also lubed the clutch lever. With so few miles, maybe it's a little on the loose side. I noticed my clutch seems to jump at engagement when I let it out too fast. So I try to evenly release the clutch lever. I must admit, it took me a while on my first Victory to get use to Victory's clutch, it's not the smoothest or lightest I've ever felt on many bikes. Perhaps you could stop by a dealer and ask the mechanic to take it around the block to see if he notices anything out of the ordinary.

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NEVER adjust clutch when its warm or hot

Clutch has to be over night cold to adjust

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I had the same problem on my old Yamaha. Working the clutch lever a couple of times before starting out made the problem go way. Give it a try.
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Let me resurrect this thread if I can. I have since bought a XR, so the Kingpin doesn't get ridden as much. The clutch now is VERY hard to pull. It works fine and I lubed the cable and ends, but this is the hardest clutch I have ever pulled in my life! I changed the oil with Amsoil--- did that do it? Any suggestions other than replacing it?

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Nope it just has a firmer pull to it. My old honda has a hard pull similar, but my xc has a better feel then my old honda.

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My jackpot was giving me a Popeye forearm, my Vision is so easy.

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