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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-28-2019, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Clutch/gear failure

On starting the bike today clutch wouldn't engage first or any other gear initially - on letting lever out simply nothing happened, then, intermittently it started to work. Took her into Triumph North London and am awaiting their opinion! Has anyone had a similar issue? On Stuart Fillingham's YouTube channel there's some talk of the water cooled twins having gear selection issues between 10 and 20,000 miles.
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... a further note - clutch cable showing signs of superficial abrasion at several sites. I noted that it had also slipped out of a guide and was resting against exhaust.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-28-2019, 09:49 AM
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I was reading on the Facebook group about another Bobber owner having trouble selecting 3 & 4th gear.
Apparantly the dealer is ordering and replacing the selector (whatever that is).
I´m pretty sure the same person has posted here on the forum too. Perhaps he can chime in?
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I couldn't get my Bobber into neutral. After some messing around I figured that the cable was out of adjustment. I only have about 2,000 miles on my bike. That seems early for a cable adjustment.

I'll check and see if my cable has slipped out of a guide.

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I couldn't get my Bobber into neutral. After some messing around I figured that the cable was out of adjustment. I only have about 2,000 miles on my bike. That seems early for a cable adjustment.

I'll check and see if my cable has slipped out of a guide.
If it had slipped out of a guide could that be the sole cause of the problem?
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I replaced my clutch cable when I fitted new handlebars. I played with the adjustment and found a sweet spot that made gear changes and selecting neutral so much better.
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If it had slipped out of a guide could that be the sole cause of the problem?
It wouldn't help. I have been fiddling with my handle bars and my clutch position for the past week. I think that "fiddling" messed up my adjustment. As chezqui said, I think you have to play with the adjustment. The handbook says 2 to 3mm play is about right. (Page 88 in my handbook.) I had 6 to 8mm play and that didn't work.
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It wouldn't help. I have been fiddling with my handle bars and my clutch position for the past week. I think that "fiddling" messed up my adjustment. As chezqui said, I think you have to play with the adjustment. The handbook says 2 to 3mm play is about right. (Page 88 in my handbook.) I had 6 to 8mm play and that didn't work.
Measurements are great as a start but the feel is a better measure IMHO.
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Measurements are great as a start but the feel is a better measure IMHO.
I agree. Measurements are the place to start.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-07-2019, 08:48 PM
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Could this possibly be related to the clutch cable guide recall that was placed on lots of bobbers? I read it effected the electrical system by rubbing them but if that much tension and friction is being created seems like it could effect clutch pull easily.

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