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Hi ,all my sportster XL1200C 2005. was delivered today
I notice the clutch is very stiff to pull in

,any idea s. on what is cause ,and what can I do to cure problem
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I notice the clutch is very stiff to pull in...what can I do to cure problem...
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Yes, it is quite robust. A bit of riding builds up the strength in your fingers marvellously.
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Harleys, in general, clutch levers have a tendancy to be stiffer than other brands of motorcycles. I would check it against another Sportster. If it is a lot stiffer than any others, you need to consider how much it's been ridden before, how long it's sat before you bought it. Change the primary fluid first, if that doesn't "loosen" it up some, then replacing the clutch cable would be a good idea. It is almost 15 years old, after all. You could try lubing the cable but they are not like the cables of old. Check for corrosion at the turn buckle, midway down the cable. Good luck.
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Possible that a previous owner had a stiffer diaphragm spring installed. If it was my bike, I would eliminate the spring plate if it was still in place (before it causes a clutch problem).
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Hello Oldboy,

How can I tell if its a got a stiffer diaphragm spring in stalled
it definitely does not help putting in gear
was hell of a crunch,

Ps im a old boy too
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Will check it against another sportster .when I get chance to get to dealers.

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A bad clutch cable will make it hard to squeeze.

Sportsters will clunk / crunch into gear when cold.

What I do is: warm it up a bit, push in the enricher some (choke cable) so it idles down some. Pull the clutch, count to five and then one deft push into gear.... don’t ease it in. Once it’s warmed up and ridden a few miles, no more crunch or clunk.
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Yep mines a cruncher too on first gear selection of the day
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