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Clutch lever question ...

About 2 months ago, I got my first bike.. A '99 750 and it has 12k miles on it. Everything seems to be great, however the clutch lever engages when I pull it about 3/4 to 1" in... not very much at all. I am thinking it should be closer to the middle (but I dont really mind when I am going from 3 to 4 to 5 real fast)...

Also, this morning there was an intermittent squealing sound coming from the ( clutch area ?) lower right side of bike when I first started it. Didnt ride at all yesterday, rode approx 160 miles Saturday and never heard it. Not real loud, but it didnt sound like the coffee grinder everyone describes.

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The clutch cable can be adjusted right there at the lever, though I haven't done it on this bike (yet), I don't know what the correct spec is or what's best for these bikes. If you have a manual it'll probably have a procedure in there.

The coffee grinder noise is not uncommon as I understand it, though my bike hasn't done it, so I haven't researched it. Sounds similar to yours as they go away after warm up. Maybe adjusting the clutch will take care of it, or something else easy, whats the oil like, correct level, and not too old?

Try a search for "coffee grinder" and you'll probably get some info while waiting for more helpful replies here.
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Oil is good. When I got it we flushed out the old fuel (it has been sitting for 4 years), new plugs, oil change, etc... Runs fantastic... I have seen the pdf manual online, but dont remember seeing how to adjust the lever, but then again, I wasnt looking for it then.
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is there any play in the cable? there are 2 places to adjust it at top by the lever & follow the cable down to the motor and you will see the inline adj. the amount of play at the lever should be 2-3mm. if the bike has been sitting long the cable may need to be cleaned, lubed or replaced (if streched). you can disconect the cable at the motor and check for freeplay up to the lever. i think the worst case would be a worn out cluch. you can check the free manual floating around for more detailed instructions.

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No real play to speak of, its just that it engages real soon, wooried that it may be problem later. Feels fine other than that. How do you adjust from the lever? Will that put the zone closer to the middle?
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if there is no play at all i would adj. the cable to allow 2-3mm free-play (a little less then 1/8"). at the lever, loosen up the locking nut rotate the hollowed out adjustment bolt in (clockwise) untill you feel play around 1/8". if the cable is to tight the cluch may be pre-engaged and will fully engage sooner then a properly adjusted cable. to me that would the place to start.

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Will do. Thanks much.
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Will do. Thanks much.
i would also put the bike on the centerstand & center the front wheel. this may eliminate some pressure on the cable for a more acurate & true adjustment.
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If you follow the cable to where it attaches below the front bevel gear assembly, there is a raised index mark. With no manual pressure on the clutch lever, the line formed by the clamp should be at or just forward of the index mark. (when the lever is depressed you'll see the line move from front to back) You should also be able to feel some free play in the cable under there as well. If the cable is taught, the clutch is probably not completely releasing.

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