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    Clutch engagement adjustment

    I have a 2017 RT and have the clutch adjustment set on 1 and it still engages to far out. Is there another way to adjust this?
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    I looked at the first listing under the Similar Threads panel at the bottom of the screen. The first one seemed to have some thoughts:

    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...-RT-and-others
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobw View Post
    I have a 2017 RT and have the clutch adjustment set on 1 and it still engages to far out. Is there another way to adjust this?
    Bob
    I believe the setting you reference is for the distance of the lever to the grip, this adjustment is only ergonomics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strataj View Post
    I believe the setting you reference is for the distance of the lever to the grip, this adjustment is only ergonomics.

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    Absolutely true. But it does alter the finger position relative to the engagement/disengagement point of the clutch.

    In the old days with cables it was simple to adjust free play to get the feel a rider wanted. It is not so simple anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobw View Post
    I have a 2017 RT and have the clutch adjustment set on 1 and it still engages to far out. Is there another way to adjust this?
    Bob
    Have exactly the same issue and what I found was while there IS a way to modify the engagement spot the dealer did not recommend doing it. I believe John Von Baden (sp) put out a how to on this.
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    I tried the Von Baden method and it made a small difference but not as much as I would like. My friends 2016 RT is right where I would like mine. I end up reving it more then necessary taking off.

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    There is a chance of messing up the clutch by "adjusting" it as described. If you read the thread it is even stated there.

    My advice is learn the feel of engagement of your specific bike's clutch and just ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LFarling View Post
    There is a chance of messing up the clutch by "adjusting" it as described. If you read the thread it is even stated there.

    My advice is learn the feel of engagement of your specific bike's clutch and just ride.
    Exactly !! I am just learning to live with it but adjusting the lever to the #1 position helped quite a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsinnc View Post
    Exactly !! I am just learning to live with it but adjusting the lever to the #1 position helped quite a bit.
    Adjusting ergonomics to suite hand and finger size for sure helps.

    These clutches just engage very early in the pull. There is no need to even pull the clutch past half way in as it engages so early.

    Took awhile to learn but man you can get fast clean shifts with the engagement being so early.

    Once you get used to it is is very nice, at least to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LFarling View Post
    Adjusting ergonomics to suite hand and finger size for sure helps.

    These clutches just engage very early in the pull. There is no need to even pull the clutch past half way in as it engages so early.

    Took awhile to learn but man you can get fast clean shifts with the engagement being so early.

    Once you get used to it is is very nice, at least to me.
    Agreed ....my issue is not with the shifting but rather in starting out in 1st gear. My GSA and most other bikes I have owned are such that the clutch engages close to the grip so that you never have to slip the clutch and for me allows for clean crisp starts. With the engagement farther out I don't always get a crisp start. Hope this was clear.

    I believe the OP was suggesting the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsinnc View Post
    Agreed ....my issue is not with the shifting but rather in starting out in 1st gear. My GSA and most other bikes I have owned are such that the clutch engages close to the grip so that you never have to slip the clutch and for me allows for clean crisp starts. With the engagement farther out I don't always get a crisp start. Hope this was clear.

    I believe the OP was suggesting the same.
    Understood.

    However friction zone is friction zone. No matter where it is in the pull of the lever. It just takes a bit to get used to it. Once you do all will be well.
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