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having issues with my clutch on my 73 cl450 it seems like it is pulled when i go to kick start it and looking at it it isnt pulled at all. any help on how i adjust this so that the line is looser then the actual case? or does/did anyone else have this problem???

heres what i put up on motorcycle journal and they were not very helpful

on my honda cl450 my clutch cable seems to be engaging the clutch so that when i kick start it, it will only grab when you go slow which inturn will not start the engine, if you kick hard it will blow out your knee, is there a special way of setting this??? or can anyone point me in the right direction?? bike is in neutral i just got a new wiring harnes for it and all new lights, so i have the light on and the bike is in neutral, but with out touching the clutch is where im kicking and nothing happens, so it is way wacked out, i havent touched it and i had it running the other day with no issues, im not sure why it started now. the kickstart moves freely without the clutch lever pulled. i screwed both adjustments all the way in and out and the kickstart is still moving freely


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I just posted explicit instructions for adjusting a clutch.... I'll add a link when I find it....
 

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There should be a little looseness at the clutch lever when you're not disengaging the clutch. If there's not, adjust it. If there is and it still slips, there's a possibility your cable is binding. Make sure the sheath isn't caught up anywhere, no tight bends and can be moved freely, particularly where it goes behind the motor. There's a clip there that should keep it in the right position. If the cable moves freely, you'll probably have to tear down the clutch - a pretty easy job, really. If it's filthy, cleaning the plates with Diesel or paraffin oil/kerosene might get it working. If it's clean but slipping, you probably need new friction plates. Also, put the springs in a row and check them for the same height, look for cracked springs. I've read, also, that modern automotive oil has friction reducers and they aren't good for the clutch, that motorcycle-specific motor oils are better.
My own perception: the 450 clutch is sort of marginal. Gives me pause if I find I have to ford a river with a bit of mud on the bottom and a bank to climb on the other size. The tall first gear (500T) doesn't help any, either.
 

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Back when I had some fuel in oil problems on my 450, the bike would'nt start in neutral with the clutch pulled in. I had to leave the clutch handle alone. It'd kickstart every time that way.


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