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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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08 1100 VStar clutch slip

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I have an '08 1100. Within the first few months of buying this bike, I tried riding it in a couple of parades. Lots of stop and go...well very soon the clutch gets very loose, the handle floppy. I leave the parade, ride up the road a ways til it cools down some and everything is back to normal. I check and adjust the cable, top and bottom. All is normal til I try to practice some slow speed turns ( by the way, I ride with the Shriners Motor Patrol, parades are what we do.) I can get three or four turns in and the clutch starts going away. I'm doing nothing that any other rider does making maneuvers and nothing I haven't done on any other bike. Little back brake, little clutch, little throttle. The last Parade killed it completely and I barely made it home.
My question is...is there a better after market clutch, has anyone else had this problem?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 07:20 PM
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Clutch adj

Just a total guess here,brother, but what about your internal clutch adjustment? Have you taken the cover off and checked that? As I said 100% total guess, but hope it can help.

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Clutch springs

I think this company has a heaver clutch spring.

http://www.sscustomcycle.com/product...star1100.shtml

Be sure you have some play in the clutch cable before it starts to move the clutch lever at the clutch end.

Here are some adjustments.
http://www.sloneservices.com/SilverB...-04.htm#Clutch
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Oil

Forgot, probably not the problem but be sure you are not using any oil addatives or oil with friction reducers.
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All adjustments top and bottom have been made as i said in the original post. Using only yamaha oil. I've been riding for over thirty years and never ran across such a sucky clutch before. I have friends with older models who have had no problems, but they don't ride half as much as I do. I put 30k on it just this last summer. It cruises well, it just wont work like a bike ...or any other clutch driven vehicle is supposed to in traffic. By the way...the brakes are just insanely, stupidly, thin brand new. I usually replace brakes when they get that thin.
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All adjustments top and bottom have been made as i said in the original post. Using only yamaha oil. I've been riding for over thirty years and never ran across such a sucky clutch before. I have friends with older models who have had no problems, but they don't ride half as much as I do. I put 30k on it just this last summer. It cruises well, it just wont work like a bike ...or any other clutch driven vehicle is supposed to in traffic. By the way...the brakes are just insanely, stupidly, thin brand new. I usually replace brakes when they get that thin.
Ah, the joys of profit for the company, I agree, the ones I have replaced on my old Virago look like they were worn out, brand new!And so it goes..........

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