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SV650 Clutch Problem?
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SV650 Clutch Problem? - December 13, 2007, 03:55 AM

Hey I dont know if any sv riders have experienced this.. maybe someone can put in some input. I bought an 03 sv650 about 2 weeks ago. It ran fine. Just today when i was on the highway it seemed to struggle once I hit around 55mph like it had a speed limiter or something. I would turn the throttle but the bike would not accelerate normally, the rpm would just rev up. As I rode it some more the max speed it would reach kept falling until I couldnt get it to go past around 30mph. Everything else is fine. The bike only has 3700 miles, its maintaining good temp, it has enough clean oil, hasnt been laid down going more than 5mph. I can still switch gears normally. The bike doesnt make any weird noises or anything. My first thought is the clutch is not engaging. Any ideas?
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December 13, 2007, 07:18 AM

First thing to try- Turn in the adjuster on the clutch perch to put some slack in the cable.

Next or if there is already plently of slack, remove plastic cover on the left side. Loosen the 10mm nut on the clutch mechanism and use a screwdriver to loosen the thing in the middle of it. Then turn it to tighten it again but stop as soon as you feel the least bit of resistance. Re-tighten the nut without turning the thing in the middle.

If that doesn't fix it, then your clutch is glazed or burned up. De-glaze or replace.

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December 13, 2007, 08:09 AM

what SV said first. Also check the clutch springs. Last year I had an issue with my clutch we found that even though the plates were still in good condition and the cable was adjusted properly, the springs were compressed and not working properly, causing it to feel like it was "spinning up" and not going anywhere. After removing them from the SV, Fairfax compared them to new ones and found them VISIBLY shorter by about an 1/8 of an inch.

after that we carried extra clutch springs with us everywhere we went.

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February 29, 2008, 09:09 AM

too much heat hurts the clutch springs, holding the clutch in at lights when hot, drag racing, clutching wheelies, stress the clutch and heat it up. replace the whole clutch if u are doing the springs.
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February 29, 2008, 09:15 AM

Originally Posted by Hollywood
after that we carried extra clutch springs with us everywhere we went.
It's true... I've actually seen him pull clutch springs out at Neds in Herndon and do bar tricks.

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March 30, 2008, 01:17 PM

yeah, from what I gathered he most likely overheated his clutch anyway (even if it was just out of adjustment its probably too late now) its most likely new clutch time
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