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I really had to get used to the clutch of the FZ6. If I let it go nothing happens until it grips and then the range is very short. It works well for driving fast but in the city and filtering through traffic it's a bit too agressive. I adjusted the clutch cable but it makes the free play larger than it should be.
I wonder if something can be done to make the range a bit larger. Maybe lengthening the lever (that connects to the clutch cable) on top of the clutchcase/gearbox?
 

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My bike is currently in for the 600 mile service and should be done by Wednesday. I asked them to look into this very thing and I'll let you know later this week what they say.
 

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My clutch was fine when I got my bike and I didn't understand why the clutch had been getting bad reviews.

Then I took it to the first service and the clutch was COMPLETELY different after that. It felt like I had gotten a new bike and I had to learn the clutch operation again.
I went back to complain about it but they just said it was top quality oil: Castrol Superbike 10W50. Sure is top quality but I certainly didn't like it.

So, there seem to be great differences on how oils affect clutch operation. Some top quality oils might be bad choices for FZ6.
 

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Agreed that the clutch is not friendly

mxtr said:
I really had to get used to the clutch of the FZ6. If I let it go nothing happens until it grips and then the range is very short. It works well for driving fast but in the city and filtering through traffic it's a bit too agressive. I adjusted the clutch cable but it makes the free play larger than it should be.
I wonder if something can be done to make the range a bit larger. Maybe lengthening the lever (that connects to the clutch cable) on top of the clutchcase/gearbox?
I adjusted the lever to have the proper amount of free-play on the bar, but I hate how it releases so far out from the bar. MY CBR600F4 has an extra adjustment on the side of the motor, but the FZ6 does not. I was wondering what I could do, and then I got the factory service manual. Now, I see that there is another clutch cable adjustment that is located inline, on the left side of the bike, under the fuel tank. When I find the time, I plan to use this adjustment to move the engagement point back towards the grip. Has anyone else tried this adjustment yet?

Now, if I only knew of a solution to the transmission sounding like a harley when I put it into first gear. *CLUNK* It's embarassing.

JimE
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jrevans said:
Now, if I only knew of a solution to the transmission sounding like a harley when I put it into first gear. *CLUNK* It's embarassing.
Check out the 15T front sprocket thread.
Cavi said:
the factory sprocket has some sort of rubbr dampner and the new one does not, the Yamaha dealer said it might make shifting more notchey. I found it to be the opposite, the shifting was smoother, then again ,I might be getting more used to the bike but I think it has more to do with the sprocket
 

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The only solution to the real problem is to find a longer clutch arm on the transmission. If the arm was longer, it would need to more cable throw to engage and disengage it. I was thinking about making one for my bike but i do not have time to make anything for myself while I am at work(even off the clock). :cry


See.... it really is the size that matters.
 

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The only solution to the real problem is to find a longer clutch arm on the transmission.
So I was thinking in the right way. Are those arms available as a standard aftermarket product somewhere?
 

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I never really noticed the clutch pull on my fz until i got the banshee out and rode it for the first time in several months.
 

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Maybe I'm just used to it. I think it's good with a tight range. I ride pretty hard as much as I can so I want the bike to engage quickly. The only 'clunk' I get is when I first start the bike up and drop it into 1st. This is because the two shafts are out of synch. Here's an informative article I found in another post: http://www.vf750fd.com/blurbs/shifting.html

Barely pulling in the clutch with a little throttle blip works wonders on this bike. Smooth as an automatic tranny. Takes alot of throttle control.
 

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I love the short engagement zone but hated that it was at the end of the lever throw when adjusted properly. I simply leave my lever adjusted a little looser then specified and it feels great. I tried setting it properly again about a month ago and ended up putting it back loose because I couldn't hardly ride the bike. I will measure the freeplay I run if anyone is interested.
 

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For traffic riding, couldn't you just hold your hand steady at that point where the clutch barely-halfway engages? It'll slowly align that way and put you on your way, too.
 
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