I run a fairly loose lever set up because I have small hands and I like the clutch to engage about half way out from the bar. How The Clutch Works. I'd like it to engage closer to the grip and I'd like the overall friction zone to be increased. Adjusting the friction zone of the clutch? . When it’s all the way in, no power is going to the rear wheel. They’re round, with a hole in the center, and they fit over a clutch hub. 63 Posts #2 • 2 mo ago. 47 Posts . The hydraulic clutch is self adjusting. I used to coast by pulling in the clutch lever all the way, but this resulted in wobbling the handlebars in order to stay balanced. The clutch adjuster screw adjusts the point at which the cable begins to pull the clutch out of engagement. The KLR does have a small friction zone normally, and like you said, all at the last end of lever travel. You should have a friction zone that allows you to put just enough pressure in a forward motion to balance the bike without putting your feet on the ground. Like throttle cable adjustments, checking and adjusting the … It can't be a difficult job and pads can't be that expensive. All you're doing with adjustable levers is changing the lever's arc … Discussion Starter • #1 • Aug 24, 2017. Using the clutch on your motorcycle in the proper way is key to helping to slow down the wear and tear of your motorcycle's clutch. I thought it only made things worse. The friction point on a motorcycle clutch is designed at that spot and can't be changed shorted of swapping out to an aftermarket clutch kit. Some are adjusted on the cable itself, others can be changed by a dial on the perch, and hydraulic clutches with master cylinders have a knob or screw you can turn to move the lever back and forth. only very small friction zone. Pulling the clutch lever releases the pressure that keeps the friction plates touching tight against each other, allowing the flywheel to spin freely. Hello, On my 99 Shadow ACE it seems like there is almost no friction zone, I have gotten used to it now, but it just seems the actual engagement zone is soo small. … Changing the oil regularly will also help prevent wear since it reduces friction. I've tried replacing the stock lever and perch with an MSR Raptor that provides 3 different leverages on pull. The friction zone is the area where your clutch is slipping enough to transmit some, but not all power from the engine to the rear wheel. The vast majority of motorcycle clutches are designed to run in oil thus the term wet clutch. This will cause much more wear and heat. It's very easy to adjust. What's New; Forum Listing; Showcase; Gallery; Advanced Search; Members; FAQ; Dark Mode Menu Log in Register Home. Password: Forgot Password? This is an easy adjustment. As DuckMan pointed out, the reason that you got used to the clutch friction zone being an inch or so from the grip is that there was air in the hydraulic system. Posts: 140 Adjusting the friction zone … FRF Store: Register: Ranger Pictures: Members List: Social Groups: Search: Today's Posts: Mark Forums Read: Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum Thread Tools: Search this Thread #1 04-26-2011, 07:13 PM FlyinRyan. You might want to check the fluid level and it might be an adjustment of the clutch plates. To change the motorbike's clutch, you can take it to a mechanic … Posted by zf101; Latest reply from ugen37; zf101 # We bought two new V Star classics. You obtain that by slowly releasing the clutch . The blue line indicates the clutch all the way in. The friction zone on a motorcycle is the area of resistance created as the clutch becomes engaged, allowing the transfer of power from the engine to the rear wheel. The clutch is to be used to start and stop, and shift gears, and is not designed to be partially engaged for long periods such as on a hill. The clutch on your motorcycle is a device that allows you to stop the engine from … (I'm not … If you fully engage the clutch, there are no real concerns with holding the clutch in at all. The parts are more expensive and it's a labor intensive job that I wouldn't feel comfortable doing myself. Pull back the cover at the base of the clutch lever. Inside the clutch, there are a series of friction plates. Don’t try to u-turn in neutral, and don’t do with a gear fully engaged, either; riding within the friction zone will give you more control over the bike through the throttle, which helps modulate the motorcycle’s lean angle through subtle adjustments. narrow Clutch friction zone 20 posts from 10 voices. I've noticed, however, that if I keep the engine at just-cracked-open, the clutch in the friction zone, and engage the rear brake to hold back the bike, I can still travel at the exact same 'slowly coast' speed, but the bike is extremely stable. It is necessary to have a clutch in … Forums. The leverage of the components in the system determine it. 5 years ago. Then remove the Derby cover and adjust the clutch rod out just … If you loosen the cable a bit at the lever or where the cable casing stop is for the clutch on the cases you will get the release point to be closer to the bars. The yellow line shows where my friction zone … As you release the clutch, the power begins to engage through your drive train. About This Topic. The friction zone is the few degrees between when your clutch is engaged and disengaged. I like the way they explain it in this motorcycle training video. If I am at a stop I can let the clutch out just into the friction zone and the bike will move forward a couple of feet then stop (no moving the lever). In the first five seconds a girl drops a bike on purpose, check it out if you get a chance. If your motorcycle clutch is not working right, at best your ride isn’t as easy as you’d like, … Is there a way to adjust where the friction zone is on the clutch? The adjustment of the nut in the clutch pack alters where the friction zone ends up on the lever on the bars. Here's a picture showing where my friction zone starts and where I want it to start. That is one of the benefits. When I say full or complete adjustment it means adjusting the clutch inside of the primary at the clutch basket. The only time this becomes a problem is if you hold the clutch right in the friction zone. The clutch is what bothers me. Freeplay and clutch operation is fine, but the clutch engages when the lever is released almost to the point of freeplay (too far out). Like someone said above, you do have to be careful that there is some free play in the clutch lever. In one way or another, every motorcycle’s clutch friction zone can be adjusted to suit a rider’s preference. Friction zone will normally start about 1/4 or 1/2 way through the clutch travel. The clutch is made up of interspersed metal and friction plates that are pressed together with sets of springs. You're not riding the motorcycle as it was meant to be ridden. Same thing with adjustable levers. A hydraulic clutch (or brake) is self-adjusting, that is, as the friction material wears and the plate stack height reduces, the lever position relative to the bar doesn't change. Like you, … All these plates are housed in a clutch basket. I have tried to adjust the cable, but no use. The first adjustment you can make for your clutch is the clutch cable and the clutch lever free play and friction zone. In such a system, plain steel and friction plates work in tandem to control the transmission shaft. Motorcycle Club » Star 650 Classic & Custom. When engaged the springs are pressing the … Advanced Search Cancel Login / Join. First, loosen the clutch cable adjustment to give maximum free play, then lean the bike over to the right side using a 5×5 inch block to support the bike under the frame or exhaust pipe. A motorcycle clutch typically uses what is known as a wet clutch system. Feel free to do this whenever you are at a light, in traffic, or coming to a stop. As … Like everything but the clutches. Read and execute what it says. By keeping your clutch pulled into just the right spot (or zone), you will keep a steady and controlled release of power to your rear wheel. I can bounce against that point while sitting at a light as if I am working the clutch lever, but without moving the lever at all. Often cable adjustments are made to vary the amount of friction zone or get more pull when shifting begins to slip. There will typically be a … I only have 2500 mile on it. Release the lever, and the friction plates catch on each other and engage the engine to the transmission. This ensures you stay in control over … If you turn the clutch adjuster screw clockwise, you adjust toward … If you have the friction zone up closer to the bars , it will not give you good separation of the discs and it will be hard/noisy shifting because of this and be harder finding neutral. Needless to say, a properly operating clutch is an essential component of any automobile, be it a car, truck, sport utility vehicle, or motorcycle. How to Adjust a Clutch Cable. Here's my question: How do I adjust my friction zone on the clutch? I'm not sure if its normal but I have to let the lever out 90+ percent before I start... Search "" across the entire site Search "" in this forum Search "" in this discussion. Used to get underway from a stop, to control speed when riding slowly, and to ensure smooth downshifts when engine braking. The green line shows where I want the friction zone to start. Proper Clutch Adjustment HDrider, A good place to start your adjustment would be at the clutch rod behind the Derby cover. Power needs to pass through the area of resistance to move the motorcycle forward. Then I push the bike backwards (or forwards) a foot or two and it hits a high spot again and wants to move forward. Friction Zone – area of clutch-lever movement that begins where the clutch starts to transmit power to the rear wheel and ends just prior to full clutch engagement. No. Both have no engagement until clutch lever is almost slipping out of fingers and then only another 3/8 inch to full release of lever..I.E. Up till recently, the clutch would start grabbing when lever was about 50% released. My 2015 T214 Bonneville's (essentially a T100) friction zone has changed. User Name: Remember Me? Lever or cable adjustment. Join Us! I don't have to wobble the handlebars … I have changed the hydraulic clutch fliud and bled the clutch to try to fix this problem, with no change. I have set my clutch lever free play set to be a bit excessive. Slight clutch adjustments can be made at the cable at the front of the bike. Now, it has to be almost completely released. You will arrive to the point of having to perform a complete adjustment at some time though. Drag the rear brake, use the clutch friction zone and look wherever you want to go (not down at the ground or where you've been). Ranger Driver : Join Date: Nov 2009. Adjust clutch lever friction zone towards the bar: Whiskey: 2008 - 2012 Ninja 250R Tech Talk: 8: August 8th, 2012 11:25 AM: Friction Zone. Ensuring that your motorcycle’s clutch is properly adjust is key to being able to shift smoothly and have full control over your bike. How can I adjust the point of friction zone closer in the clutch lever travel on my 1995 900SS Ducati? Adjusting the cable is just putting a ton of slack into the lines to get the clutch to disengage a lot later but you still don't truly change it's engagement point. To do this, don't change gear until you have pressed the clutch down fully and, likewise, do not release it until it is properly in gear. The source of power is the engine; the clutch the area of resistance and the action of the rear wheel manifests the motorcycle’s power. The friction zone is a term to describe a balance of clutch engagement and drive train power . No amount of adjusting slack in the system is going to change it. So I bought the bike and never have rode before so assumed it was normal to have the bite point/friction zone be like 70% of the way out for the clutch lever, however I took the MSF course this weekend and the bikes they had all had the bite point at like 20% and it was A LOT easier to get moving and to actually feather the clutch and utilize the clutch more than just for shifting. I'm not worried about changing brakes more often. One set of plates is directly connected to the outer clutch basket and the other is directly connected to a central shaft. An improperly adjusted clutch can lead to hard shifting, stalling, or worse. When I let the … At the clutch pack: The adjustment of the nut in the clutch pack alters where the friction zone ends up on the lever on the bars, i.e., clutch lever engages close to the hand grip or almost all the way released from the hand grip. The rest is details. 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