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Old 10-03-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Clutchlever question

First off I am a noob... But my question is it seem a little hard to squeeze my clutch lever to the point where my fingers and thumbs are sore. At first I thought maybe I am just holding on to the handle bars to hard but I honestly don't think I think I am? Is there a fluid maybe I need to change? or maybe am I being a ... lol
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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hard to say. If you just got the bike and youre a new rider its gonna always feel tough. Best bet is to ask a biker to come squeeze and see.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:44 PM   #3
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For comparison, it should feel relatively similar to the bike that you used during your msf course.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:47 PM   #4
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Ive had the bike for 1000 miles. So when ever I see bearZ ill ask him to get it a squeeze
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:07 PM   #5
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The cable should be lubed along with the lever pivot points.
Buy a cable lube tool and some lube. Most bike shops have them.
It's like a clamp that goes over the end of the cable after you remove it from the lever. It has seals and uses the pressure in the lube can to force lube down into the cable housing.
Then lube the pivot with oil, at least, better yet, take it apart and use a light film of grease.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:12 PM   #6
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Try squeezing further out on the lever for more leverage
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Alright thanks for all of the advice! I'll try to lube the cable.
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Try squeezing further out on the lever for more leverage
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And over time your hand will get used to it.
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This may be obvious, but make sure the lever is properly adjusted as well. There should be a small amount of slack, a few mm's. Your owner's manual will have the specs.
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Clutch cable may just need to be lubricated.
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you can also adjust the amount of force required to engage/disengage the clutch by playing with the jam nut and adjuster on the clutch lever itself.

I assume from your avatar you're riding a ninja 250 so if you end up needing to adjust the cable play at both the lever and down by the transmission you wont have too hard of a time (and its something i suggest you get familiar with, because as the others have stated you will need to keep the cable and its nuts and washers lubed/greased) have a look at Andy Auger's Clutch Mantra

It's off a website un-related to your motorcycle but the info is the same.

Also head over to Ninja250.org if you havent yet. There is a wealth of information there and was key to maintaining my ninja back when I owned one. Great bike. Nearly bulletproof. I disconnected the speedo on mine and rode it for many many miles before selling it.

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Dunno if the ninja 250 had adjustable levers. If not, and everything checks out right, you may want to consider getting a set of adjustable levers. I've seen some old Harleys with levers that were apparently designed for Andre the Giant. My puny hands were definitely no match.
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The rod, that the cable pushes in, take it out ! Grab an SOS pad, clean it up, throw some grease on it, slap it back in, reassemble !!! Let me know how it goes ! I broke 2 cables, before I realized that trick..
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