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Generalcuz
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 08:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thanks to Dan at NRHS, my 02 Cyclone is running like a top and I have had a great summer riding it so far. It's a completely different bike, and it's awesome. Except for one thing.....The stock shift lever sucks.

Can anyone recommend a better clutch lever to deal with the lagging and heavy pull. Was thinking of a long pull lever, as the answer. Any input would be appreciated. I am not looking for some way to make shifting crisp, just a better way to make the pull nicer for this soft and stupid cable.
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Buelliedan
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 11:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey Kris,
glad to hear the bike is running great. Are you sure your clutch cable is adjusted properly as it should not be a "soft" feel.
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Jayvee
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 12:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Are you saying the foot shifter lever sucks, or the clutch lever that sucks? Or you're trying to help the one by changing the other?
Anyway, I heard of if the primary chain is too tight, it can make shifting sticky. Apparently the official shop manual instructions result in a slightly too-tight primary chain.
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Captainkirk
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 01:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I second the question...are you referring to shift lever or clutch lever?
I am running the Buell shift lever mod and it's much less sloppy than the stock 'boomerang' linkage...but I keep having issues with my trans star detent wheel breaking e-clips and am beginning to wonder if the two issues are not related?
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S1owner
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 02:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Available soon from Marc/purpony at Mc Motoworx



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Generalcuz
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 03:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Sorry for the confusion. Just the pull on the clutch.

Shift linkage and everything else is good.

Marc, can you tell me more about the picture?
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S1owner
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 03:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I am not marc but thats my bike with his prototype shifter. All sealed bearings shifts like butter.
He can be contacted on this site, ebay or through mc-motoworx.com
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Jayvee
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 03:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

My cable was just dry. After I hung it up overnight with a funnel full of 30 weight (over a catch pan) the clutch pull became a lot easier.
"Adjusting the clutch" has two meanings (at least.) Adjusting the engagement point is with the little screw behind the clutch cover. Adjusting the free play at the lever is with the weird inline cable adjuster. And they affect each other, a little.
I also replaced the clutch spring with the softer one from a Ulysses, and that made the lever feel perceptibly easier.
(Of course the Baker 6-speed transmission swap I had done didn't hurt...)
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Ratbuell
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 06:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If by "lagging" you mean you let the clutch lever out and it takes a bit for the clutch to grab and the bike to move, I second cable lube. Something is binding inside the cable sheath. If your clutch cable is binding chances are your throttle cables need some love too. Lube them at least every time you change fluids, if not more often as required.
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