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Old 05-06-2006, 09:15 PM   #1
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1997 Suzuki TL1000 problem?

I'm looking at a 1997 TL1000 and the seller is telling me it has a loose/stretched clutch cable. I myself is ok at fixing stuff mechanically on bikes but need some advice on what truly is wrong. He says that he can still shift but is really tough to change gear especially when going past 3rd gear. He said that the clutch cable is stretched and when pulling the clutch handle it does not engage all the way and makes it hard to shift gears. Is what he saying true or is there definitely something else wrong? What would make the gears difficult to shift and get harder to shift the higher you go on the bike?
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:19 PM   #2
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:24 PM   #4
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:24 PM   #5
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tell him to get it fixed, if it is truley the cable tell him you'll pay for it if thats the only problem, before you buy it.
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:25 PM   #6
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reach down with pliers and see if the clutch arm has more room to move when the clutch is fully squeezed. Maybe you can see the arm has not gone full range of motion just by looking, but if you cant tell, see if you can move it with the leverage of pliers and then you know the answer.
real world, a clutch cable is fairly cheap, well under 100 bills, as said before, tell him to fix it, and you will pay the price of the cable if shown to you via a receipt., that is if it fixes the problem of course
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reach down with pliers and see if the clutch arm has more room to move when the clutch is fully squeezed. Maybe you can see the arm has not gone full range of motion just by looking, but if you cant tell, see if you can move it with the leverage of pliers and then you know the answer.
real world, a clutch cable is fairly cheap, well under 100 bills, as said before, tell him to fix it, and you will pay the price of the cable if shown to you via a receipt., that is if it fixes the problem of course
a bill is 100 bucks isnt it?


why dosnt he just adjust the cloutch line to make up for the slack? :confused1
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A clutch cable would typically make it hard to shift in ALL gears.
Ask him to replace the cable, a clutch cable is $15.00 to $25.00 and install is less than $20.00.
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If you can, have him bring the bike by and I'll do a visual inspction / test ride for free.

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^^ i would take it by patricks shop he will take care of you for sure
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Old 05-06-2006, 10:04 PM   #11
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I actually asked him to fix it first before selling it to me but than he will raise the price of the bike another 600-800 bucks. He wants to sell it as is for a lower price which seems kind of skeptical.

edit: btw I can shift on my bike without using the clutch and it really isn't that difficult? So wouldn't the tl1000 be able to do the same? just a thought...

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I actually asked him to fix it first before selling it to me but than he will raise the price of the bike another 600-800 bucks. He wants to sell it as is for a lower price which seems kind of skeptical.
tell him to bring it by the shop to get it insptected, if he wont do that then dont buy it, it shouldnt be to hard to tell if the line is loose or not
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Old 05-07-2006, 09:25 AM   #13
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You should be able to clutchless shift on it as well.
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Old 05-07-2006, 09:37 AM   #14
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once you get going on first, clutchless shifting is easy, I do it all the time. it sounds to me like the bike mnay hgave tranny problems and the guy knows.
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