What Would Cause A "Click" or "Knock" In The Clutch Lever?
First and foremost, it feels great to be back in the saddle of a Kawi! Had a 2012 ZX6R, loved it to death, but wanted a bigger bike. Traded it in for an '07 Busa...plenty of power, and that was about it. The Busa got old and boring really quick (which I genuinely did not expect to happen). Anyways, just traded that in for an '07 ZX10R and I gotta say, this is the bike I've been dreaming of! (I don't care what the reviews say about the 06-07..this thing is the tits :-)
So as the title suggests, the bike is developing this issue more and more frequently, to now it happens pretty much every time I pull in the clutch. I don't know how to describe it, but under decent load, in any gear, pulling in the clutch to shift I feel a 'click' or 'knock' or 'pop' in the lever, then I click into gear with the left foot, let the clutch out, and it does it again on the way out. If I don't accelerate TOO quick, or put the engine under too much load, I won't get that clicking in the lever. Downshifting does it as well, almost every time in any gear.
If I'm in neutral, or the bike is off, I can pull the lever all day and it is perfect, so I don't think it's the lever itself.
The bike runs perfect, the actual clicking into gears up and down with the left foot is good, just the lever has that click. Possibly related, is the clutch lever requires a abnormally large amount of grip strength to pull. I checked the cable routing, it's good. No kinks or anything. I know "lube the cable!" is a common response, but I've 'been there, done that' and know lubing the cable doesn't make that much of a difference. I also opened up the cable housing, and the cable 'end' part that lodges/wedges/whatever into the housing itself is cracked, so I may just replace the cable. Just curious if this would cause my issue or if could be something else? Failing clutch, chain tension issue, etc. Any input is greatly appreciated!
Damn, it really is great to be back here! Love me some Kawis!