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The stock clutch free play on this bike is terrible, slowly releasing the clutch while giving it a throttle doesnt help much cause when clutch lever gets halfway the bike just suddenly burst forward, got to adjust the clutch and get a much better feel of it. Anyway aside from the clutch play the bike is awesome such a looker.


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> when clutch lever gets halfway the bike just suddenly burst forward

Doesn't sound like you are using the clutch lever properly. Or you have a badly routed cable that's binding up. Or you've burnt your clutch and it's gotten grabby. A clutch is a rheostat, initial engagement is very subtle and only engages very minor amounts more as you move the lever fractions of an inch.
 

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Both of your guess might be correct im new to bikes anyway. I just thought that it would be like in cars where clutch and accelerator are more balance release a litle bit of this and you get a little bit of that.


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One of first things they teach you in Motorcycle Training is when you get on a bike get a feel for the clutch.
Put it in first and start releasing the clutch slowly without any gas to see where the clutch engages and how much it engages, do that for few min.
It should engage very slowly, if it engages hard at one point you have some problem with clutch cable that needs to be adjusted by a mechanic.
 

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Both of your guess might be correct im new to bikes anyway. I just thought that it would be like in cars where clutch and accelerator are more balance release a litle bit of this and you get a little bit of that.
Combustionous Say: "Getting on internet to criticize machine for not working the way you think it should work without any prior experience makes internet roll its eyes."

Welcome to the forum, and to this really neat bike. A MSF course is a great investment and will let you sort out many of your assumptions in a safe environment.
 

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Ok I'll keep all these things in mind, but for now found a way to mellow that jerkiness I keep my right foot on the brake lightly it really helps. Now im starting to have fun.


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Motorcycle clutches aren't like car clutches. They are more resilient and built for 'riding' as in riding the clutch. You HAVE to ride the clutch. You don't balance the clutch and gas (car) perfectly. You have to throttle first, then smoothly release the clutch. How smoothly that depends on you and the bike. You can ride the clutch long enough with the throttle on.

So yes, it is not the bike, it is that you are a new rider and you are trying to use the clutch like it is a car.

I was guilty of this as well on my FZ07 (my first bike) and anyone who rides an FZ07 will tell you, the engine stalls out even if you are slightly on the throttle while releasing the clutch (in other words, you have to give it more throttle than you give the R3) so that being my first bike, and me trying to use the clutch like it was a car, I stalled the engine 5+ times in traffic until someone pointed out to me you need to give it more throttle, hold that throttle, then slowly release the clutch. Never stalled again after that.

How I drive my Acura, I nearly completely release the clutch then gas it. This does not work on motorcycles.
 

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Jerkiness on the R3? Now THAT is a joke. Dude, you need to learn clutch control.

Stop what you are doing and take a MSF course at least. Don't blame the bike, blame your lack of knowledge.
 

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No clutching issues here.

Ok I'll keep all these things in mind, but for now found a way to mellow that jerkiness I keep my right foot on the brake lightly it really helps. Now im starting to have fun.
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Wow, did not expect that really appreciate all the concerns, yea putting one foot in brake is not a good idea keep losing my balance from the start lol learned the hard way. too bad we dont have any MSF course where I live. I have to figure this out by myself.


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By the way how do you set the side mirrors I cant seem to get the right view is it normal to see your elbow when you look at it cause im trying to get a clean view but the elbow is always there?


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Maybe go to a parking lot or some place where you don't have to deal with traffic. Start in neutral (both feet down). Clutch in, shift to first. Now, get rpms up around 4 or 5K and SLOWLY let out on the clutch until you feel it start to engage. Let out very slightly and as the rpms start to drop, give it just enough throttle to keep it above 2 or 3K. As you start rolling forward, let out clutch a little more, give it a little more gas. Practice this until it becomes second-nature. Getting a smooth start in first is the goal. Higher gears are much more forgiving if you dump the clutch as you upshift. (In first - slipping clutch=good, dumping clutch=not so good).
 

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By the way how do you set the side mirrors I cant seem to get the right view is it normal to see your elbow when you look at it cause im trying to get a clean view but the elbow is always there?


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You will see your elbows on this and most sport bikes. Tuck your elbow in to see behind you.

If you'll reply here or PM with your zip code maybe we can find you a nearby MSF course, assuming you're in the U.S. Most courses are state subsidized and run $50 for a four-day course. When I took mine, two riders went down -- on the MSF bikes, not their brand new pride & joys (nudge-nudge).
 

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I've been doing all my early crazy stunts at an open court wouldn't even dare try to learn on a public street. Ah ok so its normal to see your elbow when you glimps at the mirrors while not tucked in gotta get used to how the bike feels. Nope not in the U S of A but Asia it really suck that we dont have any proper way to learn stuff like this, not like in other countries where taking short courses is a must just like having an education.


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lol the signal indicator drove me nuts I kept trying to turn off the hazard light only to find that the bike doesnt even have one and whether your signaling right or left the dash indicator flashes both ways. Haha was about to bring the bike back to the dealer good thing I looked at the manual first, man I would be really embarrassed going there saying that the goddamn dash signal indicator are broken.


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Sorry dude, didn't know you are in asia. That sucks (no MSF type deal out there).

Well, good thing you are doing all this on empty/open area not on public roads. Just keep practicing and you'll eventually get it down. Man, the R3 is one of the most lenient throttle's I've ever been on. Imagine if you tried this on the MT07 (the extreme opposite of a lenient throttle for what some might consider a beginner bike), you'd accidentally wheelie and end up on your back with a crashed bike.

 

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I was actually tempted to get a much bigger bike, but after I found out that my neighbor who was also starting to get into bikes crashed his 600's practically brand new didn't even get to past the first month. I decided to start from a smaller engine and worked my way up.


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