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Old May 2nd, 2014, 04:49 PM   #1
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Clutch Cable

Hi guys, I took my hyper to do some off roading in New Jersey today and on the way home I noticed the clutch leaver quickly became loose. After three times of pulling it in after noticing something strange, the cable just snapped and I had to be towed home. How difficult is it to replace the clutch cable on my own and has this ever happened to anyone else? This is already the second time having the bike either towed to the dealership or back home. I would have just let my dealership fix it but they are booked up for a month or so.
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 06:30 PM   #2
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I've never done it on this bike but in general it's very easy if you are even slightly mechanically inclined. Just make sure you pay attention to the cable routing.
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 11:07 PM   #3
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Clutch cable replacement

I had the same issue.
clutch cable cut right next the top end.
Towed back home and then went to the dealer to ask for a replacement cable.
First, this is the entire cable assy which need to be replaced.
and the difficulty is in fact to dismount the necessary parts to insure access and proper routing of the cable.
As it was under warranty replacement, the dealer managed to get the bike back to the workshop and performed the replacement.
The only "issue" was to wait a couple of days to have the part delivered as it wasn't on stock.
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 03:58 AM   #4
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How many miles do you guys have?
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 06:56 AM   #5
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Just curious- did either of you consider trying to drive it with broken cable? You hardly need a clutch on really broken in bikes and you could have probably found a gear to limp to a station. With your standard equipment hazard lights on!
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 07:07 AM   #6
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Clutch cable replacement

Clutch cable failure occurs at 7200 km
I have now 12000 km
I did try to drive handling the cable in hand, no way..
It was at night and raining, on a late friday.
I finally suceed to carry on, pushing hard before kicking in 1st, and passing next gears without clutch.
But if the road is climbing and if your are stopped... just push.
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Old June 1st, 2014, 07:18 PM   #7
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Just broke my clutch cable today at 9400 miles. Very odd to have one break so early. Quite likely Ducati's vendor made a shite batch. No worries. I've already pulled it off the bike (it's easy) and will order a new one tomorrow. Riding clutch-less is no problem at all and won't hurt it, but getting started at stop lights is a bit challenging. I will say that a lot of my riding has been on very serpentine roads that require a lot of shifting and clutch use, but this is still a lot quicker failure than one should expect from a clutch cable. Oh well, we'll see how long the next one lasts. Luckily my other two Ducs have the good old hydraulic dry clutches.
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Old June 2nd, 2014, 08:19 AM   #8
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I told my dealer that the clutch lever pull feels "crunchy" sometimes. Like there's a binding or something at some point in the lever travel. I got it back from its first service and it felt a little better, but with hearing about these cables snapping, I am thinking I should order one and keep it handy just in case. Especially with all the stop and go traffic I ride in. Maybe I'll get the dealer in on it again.
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Old June 2nd, 2014, 12:47 PM   #9
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I have a guess why the clutch cable break.
Did some search on the Internet.

The clutch cable ends up into a cable head that is attached to a hole in the lever.
When you use the lever the cable head shall turn in the hole, to keep a straight line to the cable.
If the cable head is to tight in the hole and do not move at all, there will be a bending of the cable just by the cable head. The cable is prone to fatigue and after some time it will break.

The advice is to lubricate the cable head and the lever hole.

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Old June 3rd, 2014, 02:13 AM   #10
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[QUOTE=StefanR;9427
The advice is to lubricate the cable head and the lever hole.[/QUOTE]

Great advice, thanks Stefan.
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