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Old 09-05-2013, 07:48 AM   #1
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Clutch cable snapped last night

I went to meet everyone at Kroger to ride to the central meet last night and my clutch felt funny. I looked at it when I pulled up and it was hanging on by one little thread. I decided to just go home instead. When I pulled out it snapped completely. I've always wondered what I would do if it happened and now I know. When cruising its easy to shift. Power shift into higher gears and give a little blip to downshift. No clutch needed. Stopping and going is where its tricky. Stopping is pretty simple, just blip and pop into neutral. Starting, push yourself with your feet to get rolling (around 5 mph) then power shift into neutral. I've tried practicing all this before but it was never the same since I had the safety net of being able to actually use my clutch. Luckily I was able to take the highway home. I only had 3 red lights and one stop sign. Now to go see the guys at mainland cycle and finally pick up some bolts that have been sitting there for a couple of weeks and to order a new clutch cable.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:00 AM   #2
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:21 AM   #3
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Starting, push yourself with your feet to get rolling (around 5 mph) then power shift into neutral. .
Edit. Powet shift into first from a roll.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:22 AM   #4
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Glad you were able to make it home. Bummer though..
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The other option is to turn the bike off at lights. Pull the clutch lever in to trip the switch, and hit the starter with the bike in first so the starter actually cranks the bike through the intersection, click into nuetral, actually start the bike, and then click into first.


However, if you have a lot of stops you'll burn up a starter.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:45 AM   #6
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Happened to me once in rush hour traffic. I said effective this and took the shoulder.
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Happened to me the first time I took the dirt bike out. And power shifting is shifting without letting off the gas, normally at WOT. BTW
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Happened to me the first time I took the dirt bike out. And power shifting is shifting without letting off the gas, normally at WOT. BTW
Well when it snapped completely I was power shifting because I was . Then I was "clutchless" shifting.
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had the same thing happen a few months ago with a hydro clutch...didn't tighten the bleed screw enough after a fluid change.
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Last time mine snapped I was picking my bike up from the shop and just got to the edge of the driveway. It must have liked it there.
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The other option is to turn the bike off at lights. Pull the clutch lever in to trip the switch, and hit the starter with the bike in first so the starter actually cranks the bike through the intersection, click into nuetral, actually start the bike, and then click into first.


However, if you have a lot of stops you'll burn up a starter.
Did this with a VW Golf years ago. This was back in OKC where the square grid roads meant a stop sign at every mile. Cranked the starter through stop sign, then rev-matching 1-3-5 skipping every other gear. 1 mile was plenty time to top off the battery, so theoretically I probably could've gone on forever. Thankfully I didn't have to.
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I could tell my clutch cable was fraying inside the casing just by the way it felt.. I replaced it just in time. Check the area where it broke for maybe a miss alignment or sharp bend in the cable... Which puts more resistance on the sliding and causes premature wear.. My cable had a sharp bend after I replaced the clip ons with heli- bars.. So the next cable I adjusted the factory bend to suit the new bars.
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Did it fray and snap at the bar end?
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Did it fray and snap at the bar end?
Frayed and snapped where it connects at the lever.
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Mine did this at msrh a few months back
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Frayed and snapped where it connects at the lever.
Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited was installing my aftermarket levers and pointed our something simple but very useful.

I cannot explain it in a post but there is a good alignment position for the adjuster at the bar end. If you adjust the cable but do not align the adjuster properly, it will saw the cable. I wish that I had a pic to describe but it is a simple thing I never considered until he pointed it out. A probable source of the cable death.
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Frayed and snapped where it connects at the lever.
Ok make sure the lever does not have any sharp edges, and the cable should not be rubbing the lever assemble..check alignment..

does your cable have a brass collar? rig one or file down the sharp edges or widen the gap a bit..
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the adjuster should have very little to no contact with the bare moving cable too.
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Not sure if it really helps anything.... but I make sure to lube the cable. It definitely works smoother.... whether it delays fraying/friction... who knows. 33k miles and no signs on the 650r. Though I'll probably replace it on the next batch of maintenance... just to avoid it.
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Not sure if it really helps anything.... but I make sure to lube the cable. It definitely works smoother.... whether it delays fraying/friction... who knows. 33k miles and no signs on the 650r. Though I'll probably replace it on the next batch of maintenance... just to avoid it.
i lube the exposed friction points...not the internal cable...they have graphite powder for that already inside..
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