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newbie to riding at age 67. Purchased an '07 V-Star 650 Classic Silverado with 6500 miles for a starter bike. Looking for maintenance suggestions. Coming to terms with the notorious lack of a friction zone.
 

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if you took the MSF on a honda rebel, the friction zone is much narrower on the VS650

before you run off and change anything, give it a few weeks - the clutch is very smooth, the zone is just narrow on the lever

when you use the clutch, dont think so much about how far you are pulling on the lever, treat it like its a pressure controlled mechanism - like when you torque a bolt down with your torque wrench, you are putting pressure on it, not turning it a specific number of degrees.

If you dont get use to it after a month or so, then maybe swap it out.

something else that really helps - when you are stopped for a red light and waiting, let off the pressure on the lever till the clutch just starts to pull (the nose of the bike will drop with the front brake on). then press it in a bit, ease it out, press it in - find the point where it starts to engage, its easy to find the edge, then pull it back in till the light turns green. When the light turns green you wont feel so anxious about taking off from a stop.

the clutch is in the oil bath so you will not cook it or burn it out slipping it like that at idle speed.
 

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Welcome from Atlantic Canada. You got yourself a great starter bike and you're never too old to start riding. I believe it stops the aging process in its tracks. Lots of us "mature" riders here so make yourself at home.

If you find you can't get used to your clutch, a lot of people say the Clever clutch lever works pretty good. I've never tried it myself but it may be an option.
 

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thanks for the warm welcome and input on the Clevver. I had already been reading about this upgrade and came across the attached discussion which highlights concerns with the impact on clutch lever travel at the crankcase. So, for now, I am living with the stock setup.
Clevver discussion link... http://www.ymhmotoboard.com/topic/the-clevver-debate
 

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its come up here a few times over the years

obviously if you stretch out the friction zone that also means the clutch is not being pulled in as far when the lever hits the handlebar

and it also means the freeplay will have to be adjusted more often because a little bit of clutch disk wear will result in more movement of the level outwards
 

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Welcome from East Tennessee!
Nice intro and with a pic, great looking ride! I’m just a tad younger than you and love to ride every chance I get.


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Welcome!

I got my first bike (2000 650 Classic w/ 24000) in May.

I agree about the friction zone and also how you will get used to it.

Enjoy that machine!
 
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