Clutch "clunk" questions

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Jim Smith, Nov 4, 2003.

  1. Jim Smith

    Jim Smith Guest

    She's a 99 Honda 750 Nighthawk with 14,000 miles.
    When I first start driving, she shifts okay.
    But after she warms up a bit, she makes a "CLUN"K noise when I shift between 1st
    and 2nd.
    Oil has been changed and is on the mark.
    Clutch adjustment appears okay by the manual.
    Is this a "normal" Honda quirk?
    Is this an adjustment issue?
    Is this an indication of trouble to come?

    Jim Smith, Nov 4, 2003
    1. Advertisements

  2. Jim Smith

    Brent Guest

    Can't speak with any confidence regarding that particular year, but I can
    tell you that my (limited) experience with the 750 to 900 cc inline 4 Hondas
    from the decade prior to that one, they pretty much all do that. If its
    just that clunk (and you do feel it as much as hear it), yes, it seems to be
    a 'normal' Honda quirk, no, its not an adjustment issue, no its not an
    indication of trouble to come.
    Brent, Nov 4, 2003
    1. Advertisements

  3. Jim Smith

    Charlie Gary Guest

    It's kind of normal. Traits like this are why many folks call motorcycle
    transmissions "crash boxes". Just make sure you give the shift lever a firm
    push, instead of letting it grind.




    fix the e-mail address and it will get to me
    Charlie Gary, Nov 5, 2003
  4. This seems to be a Honda thing.

    I spoke to a Honda Guru and he said the Honda made gearboxes that shifted as
    smoothly as tractors :(
    But they are bloody strong as well.
    Maybe to build em strong they have to make em clunky?
    Slartibartfast, Nov 5, 2003
  5. Jim Smith

    Ed Guest


    You're in good company sorry to say. I have a Honda 919 [2002] and it too,
    clunks often. It's tuned well otherwise, rides great. I've come to accept
    it as normal and certainly believe that if these bikes had super-loud
    exhausts, it'd be a non-issue.

    Ed, Nov 5, 2003
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.