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03-23-2013, 10:53 PM
Post: #1
Clutch Lever Adjustment
I tried to search for an answer to this question but, did not find anything. So, here goes. I have short fingers and reaching for the clutch lever is a stretch for me. Is there an adjustable clutch lever or a method of shortening the clutch lever to grip spacing for the v star 650? Thanks for any input.
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03-23-2013, 11:48 PM
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RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
I was thinking...like if someone did something that shortened the distance from the grip to the lever wouldn't that maybe effect on how much the clutch engages?

I'm sure a little bit could be done but not tons... on the 1100... as an example... there is a nut looking thing on the cable commingle from the clutch lever assembly. You can turn that and it'll either tighten up or give the lever some wiggle.

If you've already done that and it still isn't enough... you might have to look for an aftermarket lever. OR .... bend yours back a bit...

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03-24-2013, 03:49 AM (This post was last modified: 03-24-2013 03:59 AM by rudyjoe.)
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RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
I adjusted mine to match my short fingers and it works just fine for me. I know that sweet spot now and its not a problem to adapt to. I had to loosen it half way so to reach it better, the only downside would be the play/gap. I don't like it but i can live with it and i've already gotten used to it. As for bending it?? its pot metal/alloy and it will snap off...i know, i did it once. Now there is a modified lever for 650's that will change where it grabs the clutch without doing what i did. ck. it out http://www.theclevver.com/index.htm

Thats all i got for you. good luck with that.
All 650's have that flaw with the clutch lever disingage point or whatever its called.

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03-24-2013, 07:26 AM
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RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
Google "adjustable clutch/brake lever". Looks like people have stuff right up your alley!

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03-24-2013, 12:07 PM (This post was last modified: 03-24-2013 12:13 PM by commonground.)
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RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
        Here is the remedy that I have come up with until I can find something better. I took a neopreme faucet washer and cut one side and slipped it over the cable to make a spacer so that the handle travel was limited. I had to readjust the clutch cable but now I can reach the lever.
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03-24-2013, 05:25 PM
Post: #6
RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
Cool! That's a really good idea! I'm also hella suprized at the amount that was able to be adjusted out to lol

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03-29-2013, 09:07 PM
Post: #7
RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
I ordered the 'Clevver' for my 650 Custom and am waiting for it to come. I understand what they have done to make the improvement. Now, I will have to see how it is implemented. The 'Clevver' was shipped yesterday first class mail, maybe tomorrow or Monday. I'll keep you all posted.
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04-02-2013, 09:23 PM
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RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
I got the Clevver in the mail yesterday and installed it today and then went for a test ride. The Clevver did what it is advertised to do:

Smoother shifting - I noticed a marked difference immediately.

Improve your slow speed maneuvers - I could use the friction zone better and thus do better slow speed turns.

Increase size of the friction zone by 50% - I have no way of knowing the percentage but, a noticeable difference.

Decrease the amount of pull needed by 33% - Lighter clutch lever pull. My arthritic hand noticed the difference, not sure of the percentage.

Stops stalling at take-off - I didn't have stall problem but, I will have to get used to the new feel of the clutch.

I think it was worth the effort and the money. Thanks for the recommendation.
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04-02-2013, 11:08 PM
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RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
Glad to hear its working good for you. Are you able to adjust it for your hand size too?

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04-03-2013, 07:33 AM (This post was last modified: 04-03-2013 07:34 AM by commonground.)
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ON the initial setting and test I did not worry about the reach but, it wasn't bad. Maybe pulling on my fingers everyday is stretching them. Smile I will do more testing and see how it works.
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04-03-2013, 05:41 PM
Post: #11
RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
I readjusted the clutch and took it for another test drive. I'm pleased with the changes. I would like to offer a Caution here. If you have a 650 Custom like I have, you will need to change the lever holder. The lever holder is changed to a Classic lever holder to accommodate the new Clevver. The lever holder is supplied with the Clevver at an additional charge. This requires more work because the handle grip has to be removed to slide the custom lever holder off and install the new one. If you have a 650 Classic it is a much simpler change. All in all though I am pleased with the change.
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04-05-2013, 02:50 PM
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RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
Oooh hmmm. I didn't even realize the custom and the classic would have different lever assemblies

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04-05-2013, 05:51 PM
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RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
Me either till I went to the web site. I'm not disappointed because they didn't try to hide it and I knew about it before I ordered. The removal of the hand grip and switch housing to put the Classic lever holder on was not documented in Clevver's instructions. I am fairly good at mechanical stuff so it wasn't much of a challenge.

I have put about 100 miles on the bike since the installation. I like the way it feels and I like the fact that I can use the friction zone better. I also ordered the "Ride Like A Pro DVD" and with that and the Clevver I'm able to do stuff I never could before. I would recommend the DVD to anyone who wants to be a better rider.
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04-06-2013, 02:35 AM
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RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
Very cool! Glad it worked out. I might order one someday but kinda used to working this one ok. Is that gap/play gone now? How hard would it be to just mill your own lever out? just curious. i don't really like that gap but can live with it even on slow maneuvers. its a lil tricky. So thanks for your feedback on a personal level. it really does the job. Would i need to change the lever holder on my classic too? or just the lever? -thanks

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04-06-2013, 08:29 AM
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RE: Clutch Lever Adjustment
The site states that the customs (650 & 1100) are the ones that need to change the lever holder. I like the longer friction zone but, even more, I like the easier pull since I have a problem with arthritis in my thumbs. The modification did not do anything for my original short finger problem and the fix I did on the original clutch lever with the neoprene washer, cannot be done on the Clevver, no cable showing to put it on. I had to weigh and decide what the best outcome would be. I think I got it right.
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