A motorcycle’s clutch cable will gradually loosen from the clutch lever’s grip with regular riding over time. This increases what is called “play,” which is the amount by which the lever can be depressed before it begins to operate/engage the clutch. If the lever play is not checked regularly and maintained, the cable could become too slack and cause more serious problems within the clutch assembly itself. Adjustments made at the lever can be completed in a few minutes.
Things You’ll Need
- Lubricant ***optional
1. Pull back the rubber cover from the clutch lever, and loosen the larger lock nut by unscrewing it with your fingers.
3. Keep depressing the clutch lever to keep track of how much adjustment is being made. Apart from adjusting the play, it will also make the lever feel tighter. Be careful not to reduce free play too much or you will be left with a very tight clutch.
4. Tighten the locking nut once the correct clutch play is achieved by screwing it towards the lever. This can be done by hand and then tightened with a wrench.
5. Replace the rubber cover on the lever, and check to see if you can change gears by keeping the clutch lever depressed and moving the gear pedal up and down. Spray a small amount of lubricant in the rubber housing if it does not slide back on easily.
6. Make further adjustments as necessary until the lever action is as desired.