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The morning commute is getting to be murder on my clutch hand, especially with all the tourists clogging up the road!

Anyone have sucess with aftermarket levers, or mods to the clutch master cyl? The clutch on the x is as stiff (or more) as some cable clutches I have experienced in the past.
 

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I'm not trying to be disrespectful when I say I have a much cheaper solution. Each year before riding season, I have one of those cheap hand squeezer exercisers and I squeeze it endlessly while watching TV or listening to music. As a drummer of 30+ years, I learned there is no more embarassing moment than dropping a stick, so I began squeezing that stupid silly thing to strengthen my hands for playing. It works equally as well for your clutch hand as well as a very respectful, firm hand shake from your right hand.
 

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Are you still using the stock fluid? Not sure if changing to PowerSyn will help with the lever pressure, but couldnt hurt. I dont notice the clutch pressure as being too much. As adam states you could move, or change your work schedule to miss the majority of the idiots, which is why I try to leave my house by 0500. It sucks, but makes for a much easier ride in and home.
 

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I think the only real answer is stregthening your grip. I noticed it on mine also. Doesn't seem bad until you have to hold it in for long periods of time. Don't feel bad, the clutch on my CBR is even worse!
 

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If only the clutch was on the right...my teenage years provided a lot of exercise to that hand :lol:

I have huge hands and write with my left but maybe it is a little wimpy, I'll give the stress ball thing a try. Save some dough, anyway.
 

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Nice!
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SoFlaJim said:
If only the clutch was on the right...my teenage years provided a lot of exercise to that hand :lol:

I have huge hands and write with my left but maybe it is a little wimpy, I'll give the stress ball thing a try. Save some dough, anyway.
 

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I put the Kury Chrome levers on mine and it is WAY harder than before - so don't try those levers if you are looking to make it easier . . . Just a thought, if a lever can make it more difficult to squeeze the clutch, is it feasible to assume there may be a lever design out there somewhere that may make it easier?
 

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I didn't think there were any variations in the clutch lever pressure with a hydraulic clutch, regardless od what kind of springs are in it...Isn't that the reason for a hydraulic versus cable anyway ?? Too bad the clutch isn't on the right side,I exercised the hell out of that hand as a teenager...hehe
 

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SoFlaJim said:
The morning commute is getting to be murder on my clutch hand, especially with all the tourists clogging up the road!

Anyone have sucess with aftermarket levers, or mods to the clutch master cyl? The clutch on the x is as stiff (or more) as some cable clutches I have experienced in the past.
If you've got arms like Olive Oyl, then yeah, get a hand grip builder-upper.
Or you could have arms like Popeye, but if you have small hands, then
you would benefit from adjustable levers, like they have on other bikes.
I'm pretty sure Kawasaki Vulcans have adjustable levers, maybe you
could swap in one of those.

Another possiblity is to get a cheapo replacement lever and bend it so
you don't have to reach so far, but not so much that the lever contacts
the grip before the clutch is fully disengaged - keep your original as a
backup.

It may also be that you can find levers that already have a more suitable
bend in them, so look around.
 

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I have an easy pull lever on my dirtbike that works very well, so I know lever design can make a difference. But, I don't think you can find one that fits the X. Another thing to try is smaller grips. Seems that most cruisers come with very large grips and aftermarket replacements are even bigger. I never has understood this as it feels to me that I have less control (can't hang on as tight) Perhaps a smaller grip would make a difference.
 

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I wish they had the adjustable clutch lever like what is on the Goldwing. I have to reach a little to far to grab the lever. My hands are not very big.
 

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I have the same problem. Living in sunney florida does have it's drawbacks. I have to ride the bike every day too and avoid those damn tourists. What I have found is that leverage is where it's at. If you pull the clutch at the outer end the leverage will be the greatest in your faver and will cause less strain.
 

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SoFlaJim said:
If only the clutch was on the right...my teenage years provided a lot of exercise to that hand :lol:

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Reminds me of a local urban legend I heard a few years back:

A 16-year-old boy got into his Daddy's Viagra, and got into serious trouble...I mean they had to take him to the hospital...boy had second degree burns on both hands! :p
 

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The Kuryakyn adjustable grips for the goldwing gl1800 will go on a vtx with minor modification i installed then less than 5 minutes out of the package and they look awesome with the long kuryakyn grips they match the lenght perfectly .............. you just have to cut off one tab i posted this 6 mos or so ago
 

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Bigg Daddy said:
The Kuryakyn adjustable grips for the goldwing gl1800 will go on a vtx with minor modification i installed then less than 5 minutes out of the package and they look awesome with the long kuryakyn grips they match the lenght perfectly .............. you just have to cut off one tab i posted this 6 mos or so ago
Can you post a picture if you have one?
 

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I'll try anything once, but maybe the "problem" as Rundover said is living in South Florida, I do get to ride pretty much year-round. :p

I had an 82 Magna V45 before this bike though, and it also had a hydraulic clutch, and I don't remember even thinking about this. There definitely is a difference from other bikes.

Bigg Daddy, are these the levers you were referring to?

http://kuryakyn.com/products.asp?bn=honda&ci=3168
 
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