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Old July 5th, 2015, 05:38 AM   #1
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Clutch cable failure

So yesterday I was leading a ride of some "out of towners" on one of my lovely local twisty roads when all of a sudden I had no clutch....the floppy left lever syndrome! Being about 100 km from home it was an interesting ride home clutchlessly shifting between 2nd, 3rd, and occasionally 4th having only to stop(or should I say stall) at a stop sign. Good thing I wasn't on a roadtrip.

Turns out the little lead knob at the lever end of the cable had completely pulled off and fallen out of its home. There does not seem to be any haywire fix that will work so I will just have to wait for the part(about $36US from Ducati Omaha)to arrive, hopefully within the next couple of weeks. The good news is we're going away for a week on a non-motorcycle trip so I will only miss one week's riding.

The HS will celebrate it's 2nd birthday on July 25th and the odometer is sitting at 35,500km. In all those km this is the only real problem I have had so I suppose I can't really complain!
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Old July 5th, 2015, 08:31 AM   #2
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After reading a number of comments about the clutch cable failing I bought a spare to take with me on long trips. I need to look today how to install it. Thanks for reminding me.
Spare clutch cable, spare gallon fuel, tire repair kit is a good attempt at reducing probability of being stranded.
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Old July 5th, 2015, 09:00 AM   #3
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I sprayed that area with silicone spray, hopefully the lubrication will prevent that problem. From what I've read this part has been superceded by one with a plastic sleeve around the metal to reduce friction.
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Old July 5th, 2015, 10:25 AM   #4
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I should have ordered two cables! I'll see if I can add one to the order.
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Old July 5th, 2015, 10:26 AM   #5
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After reading a number of comments about the clutch cable failing I bought a spare to take with me on long trips. I need to look today how to install it. Thanks for reminding me.
Spare clutch cable, spare gallon fuel, tire repair kit is a good attempt at reducing probability of being stranded.
I'd also bring some spare fuses and a 4mm allen head wrench.

The front box has one wrong rated spare - and it's on the high side. Explain that in your warranty claim.

Also - in all their wisdom, it takes 3 different wrenches to remove the fairings for easy cooling system and front fuse holder access. One is a 4mm allen wrench which is strangely missing from the tool kit - 3 and 5mm are included just so you can ponder the universe and its wisdom.

Also you need a 24mm wrench for the lower bolt "reach around". I removed that bolt and the 24mm threaded post and can detect no problems as a result.

I also carry a spare clutch cable. But no issues so far.
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Old July 5th, 2015, 11:18 AM   #6
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The HS will celebrate it's 2nd birthday on July 25th and the odometer is sitting at 35,500km. In all those km this is the only real problem I have had so I suppose I can't really complain!
In two years, you've ridden 22,000 miles. I'm feeling some healthy competition and more reason to get out and ride. It's been raining here since Christmas. It didn't on Friday and I was able to ride the bike all day.

May I ask where you've taken your HS, do you camp, do you put everything in the panniers or have other luggage?
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Old July 5th, 2015, 03:19 PM   #7
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I live in south central British Columbia, just north of the US border and about 3 hours north of Spokane. I tend to ride a lot in eastern WA and OR and a little less in ID and MT. I also do a fair number of day rides from home, usually 250-400km. I'm fortunate to live in an area where i don't have to go very far to find good roads, i.e. lots of twisties and not a lot of traffic.

On roadtrips, I like the comfort of a motel- a real bed and a good shower! I usually do 3 or 4 4-6 day trips and sometimes one longer one. This year that was a 9 day trip to east central CA on the east side of the Sierras near the eastern end of the Sonora and Ebbetts passes(just south of Lake Tahoe).

I'm a lucky guy!
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Old July 5th, 2015, 03:25 PM   #8
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The front box has one wrong rated spare - and it's on the high side. Explain that in your warranty claim.

Also - in all their wisdom, it takes 3 different wrenches to remove the fairings for easy cooling system and front fuse holder access. One is a 4mm allen wrench which is strangely missing from the tool kit - 3 and 5mm are included just so you can ponder the universe and its wisdom.

Also you need a 24mm wrench for the lower bolt "reach around". I removed that bolt and the 24mm threaded post and can detect no problems as a result.

I also carry a spare clutch cable. But no issues so far.[/QUOTE]

When on anything more than a daytrip I carry a selection of metric combination wrenches as well as a set of hex keys(2-12mm). I also carry the socket required to remove the rear wheel and sprocket nuts, the c-span wrench for chain adjustment, and a socket to remove the front axle. Also a tire repair kit and some spare fuses. On a day trip I carry a pared down version. Sounds like a fair bit of stuff but when you need it, you need it! Oh yeah, a few zip ties, duct and electrical tape....
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Old July 5th, 2015, 03:35 PM   #9
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I recently had to take my bike back to the dealer for a back shock issue and the dealer said there is a recall on the clutch cable. My bikes a 14 and not sure is this recall applies to all.

I carry a spare clutch cable after reading of issues. See the attached thread which should be of interest. I've posted a photo of the new clutch cable nipple on page 5 (I think)

One other thing....you can't remove the headlight without a Torx drive......everything else on the bike is Allen keys except the two mounting screws for the head light!!

Clutch Cable Snap

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Old July 5th, 2015, 04:01 PM   #10
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Mines a 13 and has a plastic sleeve - which I thoroughly lubricated when changing levers.

This sounds like one that can be avoided with maintenance...
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