Originally Posted by K.D.
I wouldn't call it a chatter. To me chatter is more of a noise and there isn't really a noise that comes with this symptom. It feels to me like the clutch is grabbing and releasing very fast giving a sort of vibration feeling or maybe a shutter feeling. it feels like somebody is smacking the frame with a 40 lb. rubber mallet very fast.
I wish I could explain it better but I just don't have the mechanic vocabulary.
To be sure I am not confused, you are saying to make adjustments at the lever to ensure that I have more free play than what I have currently? And how much free play is way too much?
Yep, that is what clutch chatter is... It's not really a noise, it's more of a
Yeah, you can make an adjustment at the lever (providing you're not hydraulic).
You should only have about 1/4" of free play or so...
Is this bike fairly new to you or have you had it since new?
Does the clutch cable feel hard? Usually, when the clutch gets worn
bad, it will drastically stiffen up the lever (harder to notice on hydraulic systems).
I was wondering about a previous owner and if someone has been in to it before... because there are springs inside called Judder springs.
If those are left out, worn, or not installed correctly, it will cause
the shudder (clutch chatter) like you are talking about.
If the case has never been cracked, more than likely, your clutch is
just needing replaced. It's a relatively easy task...
With a shop manual, you should be able to do it inside 2 hrs.