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My 8-ball has 7000 miles and the clutch cable frequently needs adjustment; has since new. Easy to do. However, it's obviously stretching and needed attention on a recent 1100 mile trip--twice. I thought about replacing the OEM with a Barnett or other cable but there don't seem to be ready-mades out there. I know that older 8-Balls broke cables. Should I be worried about this or just keep adjusting? Or replace with new OEM cable?

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Something ain't right. Clutch cable might need adjustment at 1,000 miles from new.... and not again for probably 10,000 miles.

I would be concerned and looking for the reason it constantly needs adjustment.


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Your riding the clutch. The cable is steel and maybe it would stretch a 1/8" from new.

Leave stop light maybe be at 18 hundred RPMs get clutch out as quick as you can. After that let RPMs drop a little go to next gear and get hand off clutch as quick as you can.

Look how your friends shift and try to do the same it doesn't matter what they ride

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Your riding the clutch. The cable is steel and maybe it would stretch a 1/8" from new.

Leave stop light maybe be at 18 hundred RPMs get clutch out as quick as you can. After that let RPMs drop a little go to next gear and get hand off clutch as quick as you can.

Look how your friends shift and try to do the same it doesn't matter what they ride
I agree with VJ , that's the first thing that came to mind.... You are smoking the clutch so to speak. Probably the clutch wearing more then the cable is stretching... You need to correct your riding style before it costs you a lot of $$$$$$$$$ !!!!!!

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I agree with VJ , that's the first thing that came to mind.... You are smoking the clutch so to speak. Probably the clutch wearing more then the cable is stretching... You need to correct your riding style before it costs you a lot of $$$$$$$$$ !!!!!!
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I've been riding for 18 years and I've had 7 bikes. This is not my first rodeo. I'm not riding the Vic any differently than my other bikes and I've never had a clutch issue on any of them and one has 50,000 miles. As for 'stretch' in the cable, that was suggested at J&P cycles in Anamosa, Iowa. So, is the 8-Ball that special because this one has never stayed in spec and the dealer adjusts it at every service. And I adjust it when I can't hit neutral anymore.

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Take it easy, if that is the case , I would replace the cable if it were my bike , that seems in need of adjustment way too often, and I would imagine sooner or later its going to fail you and leave you on the side of the road... just my opinion.

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I've been riding for 18 years and I've had 7 bikes. This is not my first rodeo. I'm not riding the Vic any differently than my other bikes and I've never had a clutch issue on any of them and one has 50,000 miles. As for 'stretch' in the cable, that was suggested at J&P cycles in Anamosa, Iowa. So, is the 8-Ball that special because this one has never stayed in spec and the dealer adjusts it at every service. And I adjust it when I can't hit neutral anymore.
First off I have been riding double your years. I did service work on harleys for twenty five years. OK maybe you have a bad cable but like I said ride and see how your Buddy's shift.
You can only adjust your cable when its over night cold. Never when its warm or hot it will no good then

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I've noticed I ride the clutch easier on my pin then my old royal star. I never heard that clutch scream when leaving a light on the yamaha , for me it was retraining my left hand to release clutch sooner

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OK, thanks, and I will follow the suggestions. I do know to adjust the cable when cold and have done so. My Harley riding brother comes into town this weekend. I'll have him ride the Vic; he's a good mechanic and long time rider. I'll also talk to my local dealer about the problem and ask about a new cable. And I'll keep an eye on my clutch hand when riding.

Thanks for the help.

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Look how your friends shift and try to do the same it doesn't matter what they ride
Maaaann! If you only saw the way some of my friends ride you wouldn't be saying that.

I have four friends that I feel like choking them every time we stop for a break. These guys hit the fourth gear before bike hits 30-35mph.

It drives me effin bananas watching them row through gears and hearing those poor engines suffer, shutter and lug while trying to get up to speed.

And some reason you can't tell these guys anything because they are expert riders. Lol.

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