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New clutch cable too tight Breva 750
« on: December 05, 2021, 09:46:03 PM »
Hi,

I just finished replacing broken clutch cable of 2004 Breva 750, but there is not enough room left to adjust the clutch lever play even after adjuster screw at the clutch level side is fully turned in. The clutch lever is way out to the max. So I have to stretch my fingers way outside than was the case with old clutch cable ( and I had gotten used to that free play of about 4-6mm )

My understanding is that ( and I would like to ) adjust the cable such that there is some free play when I pull in clutch lever.
This was the case with my old clutch cable i.e., there was some free play.

Could the new cable short in length than the old cable ? ( I did not measure cable length before install )
How do I adjust clutch without having to un-install and re-install ( Install was very difficult for me doing it alone )

Thanks.

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Re: New clutch cable too tight Breva 750
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2021, 09:58:02 PM »
There is an adjustment at the end of the gearbox, with the bike on the sidestand and doing mental and physical gymnastics you will just be able to see the little adjustment knob and the locknut.  On mine the adjuster actually binds up in the locknut.  I made a spanner for it with a slitting disk on my 5" grinder and a piece of flat steel.  Back off the adjuster, lock it up and you will have free play to burn.
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Re: New clutch cable too tight Breva 750
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2021, 12:11:20 AM »
Whenever I get around to adjusting the cable at the gearbox end, I remove the rear wheel, at least. Otherwise, my hands just do not fit. To adjust at the gearbox end, the cable MUST be completely free at the handlebar. If, after carefully re-routing the cable again, you are finding it too short still, you can remove the lever from its perch & slot the nipple into its recess & re-attach. (I will often do this - don't drop the top-hat spacer). Or you could loosen the perch at the handlebar clamp (2x8mm bolts) to give you an extra inch or so. Then put it all back & tighten it up before winding the adjuster out for the final adjustment. Should be about 2mm free play - the width of a coin. Then the clutch should engage & release when the lever is further out from the handlebar. Like most things, it gets easier the more you do it. (By which time, like me, you might have buggered up a few of the component bits every now & again - have a drink & get in some spares for next time).
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Re: New clutch cable too tight Breva 750
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2021, 03:56:33 AM »
I remove the rear wheel, at least. Otherwise, my hands just do not fit.

With my homebuilt "spanner" Mal, I actually found it quite easy to reach.  The hardest part was maneuvering my old body in to a position so I could actually see what I was doing.  I actually cut two slots in my "spanner" on differing angles to give me wider a wider adjustment range on the adjuster.
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Re: New clutch cable too tight Breva 750
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2021, 03:56:33 AM »

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Re: New clutch cable too tight Breva 750
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2021, 07:26:18 AM »
There is an adjustment at the end of the gearbox, with the bike on the sidestand and doing mental and physical gymnastics you will just be able to see the little adjustment knob and the locknut.  On mine the adjuster actually binds up in the locknut.  I made a spanner for it with a slitting disk on my 5" grinder and a piece of flat steel.  Back off the adjuster, lock it up and you will have free play to burn.

Thank you very much for this info. I will try this. ( never knew this adjuster existed / tried to find this adjuster ).
I am thinking in the worst case, somehow I will try to lean-and-support the bike at extreme angle, hoping to access adjuster from below the bike.
But this is my backup plan, if I cannot access adjuster with bike on normal side-stand/kickstand position. 

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Re: New clutch cable too tight Breva 750
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2021, 01:25:12 PM »
Thank you very much for this info. I will try this. ( never knew this adjuster existed / tried to find this adjuster ).
I am thinking in the worst case, somehow I will try to lean-and-support the bike at extreme angle, hoping to access adjuster from below the bike.
But this is my backup plan, if I cannot access adjuster with bike on normal side-stand/kickstand position.

Working from the sidestand is just fine.
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