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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-31-2013, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Default What is the deal? Clutch Cables!

What is the deal with the Clutch cables on these Victories! There should be a recall IMHO on these! I have scoured for days on this topic and all I keep coming up with is the same story: Cable snapped off at lever (usually), around 6500 mi +/- (like mine), grind any rough spots/lube, and replace with Barnett or Sav-ur-ride! I am pretty pissed about this situation. This is crazy to me! I bought a 2008 cherry Kingpin 8-ball. It was manically taken care of. My complaint about Victories when I first test drove another bike was the trannies clunked (like an old-school BMW). I excepted the fact that was the only apparent issue with these bikes and really wanted to buy USA. Now owning one, I come to find out about the cables. I do not live near enough to a reputable dealer to test other clutches, but it seems they are impossibly hard to shift, ie the tension from what I understand can't be adjusted. I've had friends try it and they don't know how I can even shift with it! If these are inherently that hard, it seems to be these should have been manufactured with a hydraulic clutch then! Right? I put on a Barnett, it has about 1/8 play before the lever starts to pull in and it just feels like it's going to break again! Is this really the way these Kingpins are and everyone just deals with the hard pull on these and clunky trannies? Thanks
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Who put on the new clutch cable on? Did you get the right length?
Yes you half to lube the cable at lease once a month.
You can never adjust the clutch when its hot you can only do it first thing in the morning when its stone cold. Don't even try it when its a bit warm.
Hydraulic is not any easer Vic doesn't use enough clutch plates.
Buy one of these and keep it on the bike just in case.

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I have a 2003 Vegas with almost 30k miles on it and clutch is smooth as butter so my guess is something is up with your new install.

Cable is adjustable. Behind the right side cover you'll see the adjustment nuts.

First picture in this link shows what the adjustment nuts looks like.


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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-01-2013, 07:37 AM
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What BadVV said. I have adjusted my clutch on my 2007 Kingpin and have also helped with the adjustment on a 2003 92TC so they are definitely adjustable. My uncle has 106,000 miles on one of his Victories and never had a clutch cable failure. Bad luck?
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I'm with you on the clutch cable. 5000 miles for me. Towed to closest shop and then trailered to Vic shop for "warranty" replacement. Sudden end to a fine riding day. Carry a Sav-u-ride cable now.

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There is a hydraulic clutch conversion kit... or the EFM AutoClutch... for those talkin' an ass-whippin' from a clutch cable.

With the Rivera-Pro clutch spring, which is far stiffer than stock putting additional stress in the cable, I have yet to break a clutch cable.

Joe broke a clutch cable. He called the Vic dealer and they had one. I dropped my tool bag on the ground and he took the seat and tank off while I rode to get the cable. When I returned he installed the new cable on and we rode on... Sav-Ur-Ride would have been nice if we hadn't been 10 minutes from a dealer.

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Rodney had a saying

"I talked to my doctor Dr. Vinnie Boombatz and he told me if I quit eating red meat and buttery food, quit sleeping all day and partying all night, get plenty of exercise and quit the booze, the dope and the women then I will get old and sick and die."

Point? Well some stuff is going to happen. It's a clutch cable. They are not hard to replace. They are the weak link in the chain and that's just as well. Buy one or six and keep one handy. I mean, we ride machines. Machines break. Accept inevitability. You have a target- 6500 miles. Like you say it has been discussed. Bet I don't have to tell you what would have been a prudent maintenance item at 5000 miles. Pop has it handwritten into my maintenance schedule.

This is likely a generational thing. First I get on the bike... wait a minute. I have to back up. First I turn on the light in the garage and the bike isn't sitting in a puddle of oil. I notice that, every time. I get on the bike and hit the switch and the fuel pump whirs to life and the various electric bells and whistles engage. Again, I notice this. Get the nose lined up in the direction I want the bike to go and push the button and in a couple of revs, Shazam! it's idling. It's like magic. I didn't have to make sure that the quart I dumped in the oil bag yesterday hasn't leaked or smoked down below the low line, I don't have to jump it or push start it because my electrical gremlins have eaten all my volts, and I don't have to work myself into a lather looking for the holy grail of key off throttle throttle key on KICK. Shit! Key off throttle throttle key on half throttle half choke KICK. Shit! and so on.

The rituals I had to go through for years just to get a motorcycle in motion make changing a cable easy peasy by comparison. In the day you accepted that clutch and throttle cable were going to break because that is what they do. There wasn't much discussion. Talk about clutches was about why baskets fly off and chew up primarys and whether screens were going help keep road crap off friction plates in a open setup. We had repair kits. For a clutch cable it was visegrips, for a throttle it was thumb on linkage.

Maybe there's zen in looking for a way to never have anything go south. Pops zen is to have acceptance that feces will occur and to take a little time on the front end to get ready for the likelihood. None of that means it won't happen anyway but everytime it does it is an opportunity to learn something and to get humbled.

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People getting sick or blown up all over the world and some folks are going crazy over a broken clutch cable. How lucky you are to have that problem.

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the clutch pull on my 2011 xr isn't any harder than my 04 rk was.

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thats just the street bikes!
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Ive broken 5 or 6 clutch cables on my 05 Kingpin. I have deburred everything at both ends multiple times. I grease the ends, maybe not as often as I should though. I was going to buy a hydraulic setup and then bought the CR instead. I will be selling the Kingpin now. I don't remember ever breaking a clutch cable on any other bike Ive owned.And I have owned quite a few. I have had a sav-ur-ride since the first one broke, and have used it several times until I got a new cable. The best solution may be to just use a sav-ur-ride and replace it when it breaks. Sav-ur-ride is half the price and takes 10 minutes to install.

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