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Hello all! I'm a newbie!

Hello everyone. Just got myself an '08 V-Star 650 Midnight Custom!
I am a Cincinnati resident, and have just started riding this year.

let me start off with a couple noob questions...

when you release your clutch, does your cable pull the handle all the way back? mine has a little slop and I don't know if that means it's slightly engaged or not. i can flick it forward with my finger.

my bike makes a tremendous whirring sound from the right side when riding. is that normal?

seriously, let me apologize right off the bat with the moronic questions! any help is greatly appreciated! I look forward to picking your brains in the near future!
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Pull the rubber cover a your clutch lever and adjust it by loosening the lock nut and turn the bolt out to take up slack. Leave a little gap and it should be fine. Whirring is normal. And them question have to be ask Welcome to the forum
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Welcome to the forum/to riding. Congrats on the bike, nice looking piece of hardware you have. No such thing as a stupid question, but if there was I think I got all of them out of the way for everyone. Ask questions, and ask often, and enjoy the ride. We have a lot of great people here and we all like to have fun.

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thanks a lot guys! I think the only modification I want to do is bolt on some V&H Short Shots, the Gonzo Air Kit, and then rejet. I also found some forward controls for about $125, but am debating on whether or not it's even necessary.

Farmalldanzil, where should the gap be exactly?
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Has anyone on here used the GAK? I was talking to tech friend of mine and he says increasing the air flow on a 650 can be detrimental to your performance. Not high enough compression in such a small motor. He was saying that it's just too much air being forced in. I was thinking that with the Gonzo being up under the gas tank, that shouldn't be an issue.

If you don't mind, share with me what you know/have heard!

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thanks a lot guys! I think the only modification I want to do is bolt on some V&H Short Shots, the Gonzo Air Kit, and then rejet. I also found some forward controls for about $125, but am debating on whether or not it's even necessary.

Farmalldanzil, where should the gap be exactly?
Shop book calls for .2/.39 of free play that is before it compress the clutch and that's hard to feel so I set many at 1/16" or so at the top of the lever perch.
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Shop book calls for .2/.39 of free play that is before it compress the clutch and that's hard to feel so I set many at 1/16" or so at the top of the lever perch.
ahh! i have about .0625-.125" of gap, so i'm probably good! i just noticed that the clutch already grabs differently in the past month or two or riding. could be because i'm new, i'm burning it out...
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ahh! i have about .0625-.125" of gap, so i'm probably good! i just noticed that the clutch already grabs differently in the past month or two or riding. could be because i'm new, i'm burning it out...
That clutch will last a long time, it runs in oil and there is not much that you can do to tear it up
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Welcome aboard to the mother ship. You came to the right place for answers. There is a lot of good people with a lot of info. Nice lookn scooter.
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