Originally Posted by dshealey
There is only the handle position adjustment for the clutch, but that has no affect on it slipping, only on your finger reach.
There is a screw inside the handle assembly, but that is factory set and should never have to be touched.
If you are experiencing clutch slipping, you probably have a failing slave cylinder, or a transmission oil seal leaking. If so, that does require the clutch plate to be replaced and everything else in the clutch assembly solvent cleaned. If there is any scoring or heat checking of the clutch drive plate or cover plate, then those will need replacing too.
That cost is about right. It is a LOT of work to replace the clutch, and when in there the engine oil seal and O-ring, and all transmission seals and slave cylinder should be replaced too. Of course drilling the drain hole is pretty much a given, but some dealers won't do it.
Hi David and thanks for the reply. I've not notice any slipping, oil leak or anything other than the clutch seems to release later than it used to and that is only subjective in nature. I just thought it needed adjusting to release sooner.
I'm going to ride this afternoon and try full acceleration at 40 mph while in 5th gear and see if the RPMs increase rapidly. It's really hard for me to believe the clutch has that much wear at 26,500 miles (most of which were long distance 700-1000 mile days). It seems to me that a clutch should last much longer than that, unless one is abusing it, drag racing, etc.
If the clutch is worn, and the shocks are going (not sure about that, but they are getting soft), it might make more sense to buy a new bike and start all over, as the cost would be around $3,000.00 for the repairs on a bike I might could sell for $10,000.00, even though it has been properly maintain and looks new. Also, I'm thinking about a new GPS (Nav I currently) and with the expense of upgrading and rewiring (if possible), that would be another reason to start over. Not to mention the rear drive failure risk.
I love this bike and it rides and handles like a dream, but it has been very expensive to own. I'm starting to wonder if the Kawasaki Concours 14 might be a better option, as Japanese equipment seems bullet proof.
Oh well, just ignore me, as I'm thinking out loud, again.