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Old December 2nd, 2017, 07:53 PM   #91
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I did A. I tried C and it didn't really sit right on my bike due to the way it's machined it seems.
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Old December 3rd, 2017, 04:41 PM   #92
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Thanks for the info kuksul
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Old December 4th, 2017, 05:22 AM   #93
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Stradashpere, I too did option A, or was it B? I can't remember at this point whether I put the spring curve up or down against the hub. Either way, I think is fine as this thread and bayotte's guide can attest. For me this orientation has been successful.

Just be mindful of where the two washers and the sleeve go when you pull the clutch assembly. That was my mistake
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Old December 16th, 2017, 09:36 AM   #94
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Just placed an order for the kit. It's been encouraging reading the feedback about it here. With all my riding in heavy traffic and off-road it'll be very welcome to not have such a bitchy clutch to aggravate me so much.
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Old December 16th, 2017, 12:37 PM   #95
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Just placed an order for the kit. It's been encouraging reading the feedback about it here. With all my riding in heavy traffic and off-road it'll be very welcome to not have such a bitchy clutch to aggravate me so much.
Yes - off road is where it will get you and dump you.
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Old December 17th, 2017, 01:20 PM   #96
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Yes - off road is where it will get you and dump you.
No kidding. I tried to pull off some nice controlled power slides and things got interesting to the point I eventually gave up on it. I can pull them off but it's so unpredictable with trying to feather that clutch just right while on bumpy uneven surfaces. Couple times when reaching a dead-end and having to turn around on a tight trail where I had no choice but go off the trail a bit I very nearly dumped it or just plain got it stuck because I just couldn't get the right control over the clutch for delicate maneuvering on really soft ground. The one time I did dump it in the mud was because I tried feathering the clutch in the mud and got too damn much wheel spin and slipped right down into a truck rut. Then trying to get out of the rut I couldn't ease the clutch in carefully enough and the bike tried to motor it's way up the hump between the ruts causing me lose control and take a mud bath with it.
So yeah I've had my share of puckering thanks to that clutch in the dirt. And the past week I've learned the damn clutch is even more miserable in the snow.

The picture is where I rode earlier today learning just how crappy my clutch is in slushy snow and mud together. I really do not recommend this at all.
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Old December 17th, 2017, 06:11 PM   #97
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I just completed the clutch update. Have not taken the bike out, but from playing with the clutch in the garage I can tell that it is day and night better. I can feather it with brakes on and not kill the motor. I'll know more this spring when I take it out of hibernation.
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Old December 18th, 2017, 05:56 AM   #98
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Well, based on that picture I gather philthymike is a crazy man! I can't imagine riding a bike in slick snow like that, let alone a bucking motard with crazy-clutch.

Three months ago I wanted to sell this thing because I couldn't ride it but now I can't imagine how I rode anything else. If you're just wanting a toy to put a stupid grin on your face, this is beast to do it. Impractical, yes. Powerful, yes. Pleasing to the ears, yes. And now, thanks to the hard work of kuksul and bayotte, it's rideable and controllable and thrashable and hoonable. I know I'm basically a fanboy at this point but if you're even vaguely considering this mod all I can say is do it! For $80 and an oil change you can transform your bike into a machine purpose built for murderin' da streets!

I put a few more miles on the clutch this weekend. It's like a regular motorcycle! (to qualify that, it's like a regular motorcycle clutch) Also to anyone doing this mod I strongly recommend lubing your clutch cable. It was like night and day after that. When I first joined the forum someone was telling me how awesome and easy to pull this clutch is supposed to be (even before the upgrade kit). Now I see what they were talking about. It is strange too considering this is the only cable I've ever seen to make essentially two or more 90 degree turns on it's way down to the clutch spring tab. It's definitely tighter than the sweeping arc you see on dirt bikes. But now it's like butter. So if your clutch lever is not super easy to pull, then lube that freaking cable.

Also, after stalking some of kuksul's other posts, I have to agree that the gearbox on this thing is ridiculously sweet. With an easy clutch like this I just bang through the gears with tight positive shifts, no rev matching no nothing, it's idiot proof, and that little blip from the engine braking when downshifting is intoxicating. All that said though, I still have a really hard time finding neutral. It just wants to slip down into first or skip over and go to second. I usually cut the bike off and finagle it with the engine stopped, but I wonder if this will be an issue if I need to stop at a light I hope it will improve with time but no change so far.
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Old December 18th, 2017, 09:44 AM   #99
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I have a 2015 Hypermotard, so I don't have the clutch issues (as far as I know) that the older models seem to have. I can say though, I've always found neutral hard to find, it takes a very light touch to avoid going into another gear. Usually I end up going down to 1st and then nudging it up into neutral.
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Old December 20th, 2017, 08:24 AM   #100
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All that said though, I still have a really hard time finding neutral. It just wants to slip down into first or skip over and go to second. I usually cut the bike off and finagle it with the engine stopped, but I wonder if this will be an issue if I need to stop at a light I hope it will improve with time but no change so far.
Mine got a lot better after 75 miles or so. Getting the cable adjustment to "just right" is also important. I have better luck when the bike is still rolling, a trick I've learned from years of riding Velocettes. Their clutches make the Ducati look simple.

Our 390 Duke is my exemplar for the launch. I get my head over the steering stem, drop the clutch, and bang through the gears. One block later I'm in 6th and can see no one in my mirrors. The Strada is close, but for the first three gears the 390 is still king so far.

What are you wearing for riding boots? Off road style boots might hurt the "feel." Any boot that's hard to walk in might do the same. Here's what I'm wearing - wore them to WSBK at Seca, walked in them for three days, perfect comfort. They are Alpinestars Multiairs.
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