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Old 28-05-14, 04:21 PM   #1
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Default Rapid clutch wear

I adjusted my clutch lever about 2 weeks ago as I was struggling to get neutral and I thought it might be dragging a bit. There was quite a lot of slack movement at the outside of the lever travel, so I adjusted it so there was nearly none.

So now 2 weeks later, it's pretty much back to how it was before the adjustment. Now I realise that London commuting will wear the clutch a lot more than the long motorway commute I used to have up north, but this seems a bit excessive. I don't ride like a hooligan but I don't dawdle either.

So, is my clutch about to die? Bike has about 40000 miles on it and it's the original clutch.

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Old 28-05-14, 04:42 PM   #2
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oil level effects the clutch bruv are you "in the zone" with your levels
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Old 28-05-14, 05:21 PM   #3
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try adjusting at the worm gear mechanism.
is the lever adjuster where it was the last time you set it? the lever adjuster can vibrate back in.
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Old 28-05-14, 06:05 PM   #4
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Oil is fine and hasn't changed in the past 2 weeks. The adjuster was more or less where it was after I last set it - it might have moved a bit but not much. The cable is either slipping, stretching or the clutch is wearing. Although, which direction would the clutch wear? I'd think it'd wear to the slip side rather than dragging.

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Old 28-05-14, 06:41 PM   #5
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how stiff is your clutch cable, might be time for a new one.

check the condition of the worm gear, it might be on its way out/seizing up.
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Old 28-05-14, 07:03 PM   #6
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Default Re: Rapid clutch wear

As someone who's done the London commute thing for a number of years, it won't cause the clutch to go out of adjustment every few weeks. It will, however, increase wear to the lifter mechanism. I'm on the original clutch plates at 60,000 or so miles. But the lifter had been replaced once already and I think it's due again.

The cable itself can't slip add it's held firm at both ends, but the 2 slack adjusters can move if not tightened up properly, and any wear in the lifter makes finding an adjustment without any drag much harder

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Old 28-05-14, 07:53 PM   #7
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Default Rapid clutch wear

Sounds like classic worm problem.
Do a proper clutch adjustment, check the knurled adjusters at the lever aren't coming loose etc. but at that mileage I certainly wouldn't rule out the worm.

I did 100,000 miles of London commuting over 8 years and the clutch plates were still fine.
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Old 28-05-14, 11:40 PM   #8
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Default Rapid clutch wear

I'll put an entire quid on the lever end adjuster rattling loose. Give the lock ring a tweak with a pair of pliers to make sure it stays put.
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Old 29-05-14, 12:03 AM   #9
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Half of what? A KitKat, sink plunger, dead mouse or what?
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