I went on a 300k ride last weekend and as I was accelerating on to the freeway heading back home I heard and felt the revs rise without the accompanying projection forward of the bike. Grrrr.As requested by MaxKool – Open that other thread please? I've read a few cases of failing clutches, which makes me worrry
(that guy doing a world round trip on a DS is currently also in clutch troubles)
I played with the throttle a little (when I found some safe space on the freeway I hasten to add) and it seems my clutch is slipping.
Took it easy and landed home thinking I'd take a look at the adjustment*. I haven't checked this since getting the bike as I don't get much time to pile the miles on. Hence me only being at ~7500kms (4660 miles). Not sure if that's an oversight on my behalf but I figure at the average yearly miles I clock up the shop can take care of all those little adjustments (chain etc). It does go in every year.
Bear in mind I'm not massively mechanical but I do tinker a little (dad had a garage). The 2-3mm play in the clutch lever is non-existent. Sadly the cable adjuster is screwed in right up to the perch so I'm thinking at the handle bars there's nothing left. I looked under the tank on the right and I'm not sure with my little knowledge I want to go there. It's pretty tightly cable tied to the frame and obviously has a very snug weather cover over the adjuster. Should I bite the bullet, especially as I called the dealership I use (the only official Duke place near me) and they're booked up till June!
Had a chat with the service department (*before I checked the adjustment actually) and they said they'd have to check everything was adjusted correctly and make a decision their end, hinting the best I could possibly hope for was a good will gesture from Ducati, i.e. I get the part free and pay the labour. I'd be relatively happy with that to be honest but I'm not holding my breath.
That's my story so far and I haven't got a solution as yet so this thread may peter out but I'll attempt updates as and when there's more to add.
Mechanical folk – could adjusting up and dialing back in the lever play fix this 'sensation' or is the fact the lever is without any slack the cause of actual clutch wear?