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Old 03-30-2016, 07:39 PM   #1
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How much wear do you think I've caused?

So I brought my ninja 650 with 1k mi. into the dealer for them to replace my clutch lever (part of sale deal). When they finished and I rode off, the clutch catch point was a lot farther out then when I brought it in. I figured I'll just readjust it later. But then I smelled burnt clutch on the freeway. So I probably rode like that for about 18mi. Would this have caused a ton of wear?
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No, you should be fine. Let it cool down, adjust the slack and ride.
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It'll take a lot of wear to burn a clutch out. If anything, you broke it in well. As stated by 40, adjust and ride!
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A ninja 650 has a dry clutch? I mean how else could you smell it? Did you take the oil plug out to smell?
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A ninja 650 has a dry clutch? I mean how else could you smell it? Did you take the oil plug out to smell?
Could've smelled someone else's clutch, or was unaware that he was riding his rear brakes. Either way, clutch needs readjusting. I'm sure it was an isolated event...
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something doesnt sound right about smelling it
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Hmmm, it was kind of like a burnt electrical odor so I just assumed it was the clutch.
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:20 PM   #9
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Clutch doesn't normally smell like electrical burn, more like rubber fire then anything. Your probably good to go.
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Hmmm, it was kind of like a burnt electrical odor so I just assumed it was the clutch.
I seem to smell that frequently on the highway, almost always around old semi's...
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I seem to smell that frequently on the highway, almost always around old semi's...
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Yep, air brakes are always failing on those big rigs.
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They fail closed. Not sure what he was smelling but smelling your at 60 doesnt seem likely even if it was on fire lol
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Very true. It is very possible a vehicle traveling in front of him was experiencing the problem and left that strong stench trapped in his helmet. Paranoia plays many tricks to the senses and nerves...
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your bike should be a wet sump, ie clutch shares oil with engine..ie: no clutch fluid. (i could be entirely wrong however)

that being said, for wet sump bikes it is very rare (in my somewhat limited experiences) to burn a clutch up from improperly adjusted cables.

i would wait for someone like patrick who has seen hundreds/thousands of bikes to weigh in on a larger sample size, but again, if your bike is a wet sump w/o clutch fluid (ie cable operated clutch w/ wet sump) you likely have nothing to worry about.
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Very true. It is very possible a vehicle traveling in front of him was experiencing the problem and left that strong stench trapped in his helmet. Paranoia plays many tricks to the senses and nerves...
that was kind of why I shared that. what he describes sounds like something I experience regularly, and I frequently find myself thinking maybe there's something wrong with my bike initially. then I pass the truck and it's gone.
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Yeah and I could have sworn I still smelled it after I parked her in the garage too. I may have been a bit paranoid though. Anyways, everything seems to smell fine now.
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