I've searched the posts and found one or two items relating but would like some expert input. After my last ride where I was running through quite a few basics (extreme clutch use) the clutch won't fully disengage with the clutch pulled all the way in,the engine off, and the bike in first or any gear. I tightened the cable as far as it would go to make sure the clutch in engaging but still the same. Any ideas?
Doesn't seem to be. I tightened it so it will pull at the head as much as possible and still the same. If the engine is running and I drop it into first with the clutch pulled in, it idles perfectly so it is disengaging. My dealer says its nothing to worry about but it wasn't like this last week. I did remove the rear wheel last week to clean and adjust the chain but surely this wouldn't affect anything? Also added a new skid plate and raised the handlebars bars by 1". The cables still have free play.
It sounds like you need to loosen the cable a bit. After a ride that involves a lot of fancy clutch work you need to loosen the cable if you tightened it during the ride. After the ride the clutch will cool down and shrink a little, but the cable will still stay tight if you didn't loosen it. The next time you use the bike the clutch will feel like it isn't engaging like it should, that is the overly tight cable pulling on it just a bit.
If loosening the cable doesn't solve anything than I think you are looking at a new set of clutch plates and maybe springs.
Well now I feel dumb (not a new experience for me). Went to my local dealer and compared my 04 to a new 07 and the same thing, hard to push when in first gear, clutch pulled in, engine off. Swallowed some pride and saved a few hundred bucks in diagnosis.