my clutch was dragging on my first ride of the season. It wasn't dragging at first but became progressively worse. Finally, after checking to make sure the bolts in the primary were tight, and the cable was adjusted properly, I started riding home. Halfway home I noticed that my clutch lever was loose and I was able to move it about an inch or so back and forth. I rode straight to the local indie shop and when I got it inside their shop, there was no play in the lever again!
WTF??? It's an '86 Softail with a 5-speed in a four speed frame. The clutch cable runs down the primary side and then adjusts at the tab that's connected to the frame's downtube behind the engine.
While riding on the highway on the way home I had to downshift without the clutch as I didn't have one and when I did there was a grinding sort of sound coming from the primary or possibly the left side of the tranny. It was very audible at 50mph so I figure it's probably coming from the clutch in the primary.
Could it be the pushrod that runs from the tranny through to the clutch? It feels like something has fucked up between the fork that pushes the pushrod and the clutch.
If anyone has any experience with this setup, please respond or Email me at: