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Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Flushing, NY
very stiff clutch/front brake levers
So, I'd put over 3,200 miles on a 14 year old Kawasaki VN750 that I got with about 23,000 miles on it (my first motorcycle), before switching to... a 4 year old Kawasaki VN750 with 550 miles on it. (Yay!)
I hadn't ridden the older bike for about a month but took her out for a spin just now. Aside from some of the "old bike" things I remembered being different -- a noisier engine with a slight tick or rattle, a more worn gear shift (I had to kick harder to shift gears), and the need to get new front fork springs -- I realized the clutch and front brake levers were MUCH stiffer on the old bike. They'd come to me pretty stiff, and while I had never remarked on it when it was my only ride, now that I was used to a much smoother clutch/brake on my newer bike I found it very noticeable.
Is this a matter of lubrication somewhere? If so, where and with what? FWIW, I've taken this bike in to get serviced 2 or 3 times, at different shops for different reasons, and the dealer mechanics have never remarked on the stiffness -- surprises me given how obvious it is to me now.
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