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Old 12 Sep 2012
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Clutch a heavy pull!!

Gents I've been struggling with the heavy pull on the XT600e since i bought her!
So far i've;
  • checked routing
  • oiled cable
  • checked for wear
  • lubricated and cleaned purch

After 1500km's i'm getting a little tied of the heavy pull, this is my first XT600, are they all like this?

Don't get me wrong, for general riding where i have only a few gear changes it's fine, but (and there is always a but) today i was exploring some back roads that turned into tracks, in and out of creeks etc, and by the end of 4hrs riding i could hardly use the clutch, in fact i succumbed to clutch-less up changes on the road home.

I have looked at these and the price is ok, IF it reduces the amount of force i need to apply! they make a standard length version...
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So, am i alone, is there a fix or do i just need more gym time

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I would say the clutch on mine is no heavier than another other bike I have ridden. If everything is lubed and adjusted as you say, I would suspect a fault in the clutch itself - warped plates perhaps.

Having said that, even a light clutch can cause problems in certain circumstances. I was on my Honda Pan Euro 1300 (which had a very light clutch) in a traffic jam on the Antwerp ring road, and I was probably using the clutch non-stop for at least an hour. My left forearm pumped up like Popeye's and I could barely use my hand. Perhaps you just need to ride more off-road
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Welcome to try another

I'm in the north side of brisbane, Herston through the day, near Mitchelton after hours - if you want to do a comparision. I actually would like to compare my 2001 model against another for similar reasons. PM if you want.

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Gear the bike down for the backroads and offroad. Perhaps swap to a 14 tooth CS sprocket.
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It's possible someone has fitted after market clutch springs in the recent past as part of a clutch plate replacement. A lot of these springs are advertised to be 10% stiffer to minimise slippage etc.. Ten percent might not sound much but I found a noticeable (and like you painful) increase when I put a set (made by EBC I think) in a KLR 650. The increase is sufficient to make me plan to change back to an OEM set in the near future.
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I'm in the north side of brisbane, Herston through the day, near Mitchelton after hours - if you want to do a comparision. I actually would like to compare my 2001 model against another for similar reasons. PM if you want.

Cheers,

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Mate I'm at Aspley, so we could meet up after hours for a.....clutch pull

I'll send you a PM
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Gear the bike down for the backroads and offroad. Perhaps swap to a 14 tooth CS sprocket.
Mate I've just geared it up to a 15 tooth front sprocket,to give me some better "legs" on the main roads! There is lots to do and modify on this bike before I'm truly happy with it.
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Kinda hard to get it all, thoose big legs will hurt you once things go techincal. It doesn take long for a CS swap onve youve done it a few times, and it can make a world of difference.

Works for me anyway
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You could always fit an Easy clutch.
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