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06-28-2013, 04:25 PM,
#1
clutch lever travel
I am a new owner of a V Star 250.

Here's the deal.
The friction zone is right at the release point.
When starting out I pull the clutch in drop it in first gear and let out on lever.
It does not start to catch (movement of bike) until the very last (3/8" to 1/2") bit of lever travel.

I have been used to the friction zone starting at about half way to the lever being released. ...
Is this something that can be adjusted?
I am not talking about the free play of the clutch lever travel I am talking about when the friction zone happens.

thanks, Ya'll
Bike : 2009 V Star 250
You can put a bowling ball in an oven, but that don't make it a biscuit.
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06-28-2013, 05:31 PM,
#2
RE: clutch lever travel
(06-28-2013, 04:25 PM)VRON Wrote: I am a new owner of a V Star 250.

Here's the deal.
The friction zone is right at the release point.
When starting out I pull the clutch in drop it in first gear and let out on lever.
It does not start to catch (movement of bike) until the very last (3/8" to 1/2") bit of lever travel.

I have been used to the friction zone starting at about half way to the lever being released. ...
Is this something that can be adjusted?
I am not talking about the free play of the clutch lever travel I am talking about when the friction zone happens.

thanks, Ya'll

Hi,
I know on my 1300 it is adjustable, I would figure yours also. Is the bike older? Maybe the cable has stretched.
Mine grabbed way too quick, I have adjusted mine so it get a little slow grab before it kicks in. = free play
DocLubo
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06-28-2013, 05:57 PM, (This post was last modified: 06-28-2013, 05:58 PM by VRON.)
#3
RE: clutch lever travel
It's a 2009 (10,000mi.) so I would not think it would need a new cable...
Would it be adjusted at the lever...or the clutch housing (long cable nut) ?
Bike : 2009 V Star 250
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06-28-2013, 09:23 PM,
#4
RE: clutch lever travel
on the clutch housing the long cable nut, if my brain is working right making the casing longer will move the friction zone closer to the lever, i think.
Jmck
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06-29-2013, 12:16 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-29-2013, 12:21 AM by VRON.)
#5
RE: clutch lever travel
I guess I will have to check out the "O" manual and see if I can fix it.
jmck, do you think it might help getting it into neutral easier?
Right now it's a bitch.

It shifts through the gears and down shifts just fine.
But getting it into neutral is really hard to find.
Bike : 2009 V Star 250
You can put a bowling ball in an oven, but that don't make it a biscuit.
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06-29-2013, 12:35 AM,
#6
clutch lever travel
Vron, I (my wife) has a new 2012 250 and the clutch is the same. I tried making the adjustments on both ends of the cable but couldn't really make a difference. There wasn't enough slack in the cable to make any difference. So not sure what the answer is either.
2007 v star 650 Classic, raven with ghost flames
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06-29-2013, 12:42 AM,
#7
RE: clutch lever travel
I think some folks have had success with this
http://www.theclevver.com/
Jmck
Two wheels moves me body and soul Cool
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06-29-2013, 01:31 AM,
#8
clutch lever travel
@jmck I actually bought the clevver for my 650 and it worked wonders. But Roger (Clevver maker) doesn't make one for the 250. Trust me, I have already asked. :-)
2007 v star 650 Classic, raven with ghost flames
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06-29-2013, 01:36 AM,
#9
RE: clutch lever travel
I thought the clutch action issue was reserved for the 650 and 1100. I guess not.

Unfortunately, there is really no way to adjust it or "fix" it, but the Clevver might help. There is a other kit as well that can be bought (can't think of the name of it) that will allow you to get the action as close to the bar as you want. What it does is take the slack out of the clutch lever once it is released. It's basically a spring that slides over the cable at the lower adjustment point. Not sure how the 250 is set up so I wouldn't know if this type of thing would work.
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06-29-2013, 01:40 AM,
#10
RE: clutch lever travel
(06-29-2013, 12:42 AM)jmck Wrote: I think some folks have had success with this
They don't mention the V Star 250 as a compatible fit.
Bike : 2009 V Star 250
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06-29-2013, 01:40 AM,
#11
RE: clutch lever travel
Sorry wasnt thinking about the 250.

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Jmck
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06-29-2013, 08:24 PM, (This post was last modified: 06-29-2013, 08:34 PM by rsmed1.)
#12
clutch lever travel
So I had bought an extra clutch lever for my wife's 250 with the intention of trying to gently bend it to make it easier to grab since she has small hands. Put it in a table vise (wrapped rag around it so wouldn't scratch), got a 1 inch diameter pipe, slid over the lever and VERY slowly tried to bend it without it snapping. I was able to achieve at least a 1/4 inch bend closer. I installed it on her bike and somehow now instead of the clutch engaging at the end, it now begins to engage about half way.

Needless to say, today I'm a hero. She loves the change. I was happy with the outcome.
2007 v star 650 Classic, raven with ghost flames
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06-29-2013, 10:35 PM,
#13
RE: clutch lever travel
job done, you did well to bend the lever. without breaking it

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Jmck
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06-03-2017, 06:55 PM,
#14
RE: clutch lever travel
So what does this do?? I went to website but does not explain how this is better.
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