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    Clutch break in on new 2015 TW200

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    I bought two 2015 TW200's for myself and my 13 y/o son. So far we love the bikes and after taking the MSF basic rider safety course, my boy is coming along nicely. My question is about the clutch. It seems to be all or nothing.
    It starts engaging about halfway out and seems to be fully engaged in about a half an inch. Does this seem normal, or should it be more gradual? Thanks in advance.
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    That's fairly normal. Just make sure that your clutch spring is correctly attached on the crankcase side, and that the clutch lever (handlebar side) free play is set correctly (check owner's manual for specs). Congrats on the new bikes btw! Your son's a lucky guy!
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    Thanks KJ,
    I did a LOT of research before purchasing these bikes and so far I am very pleased. I do wish I had discovered this forum before now. However, reading many of the posts here only reaffirm my decision.
    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wenjen4 View Post
    Thanks KJ,
    I did a LOT of research before purchasing these bikes and so far I am very pleased. I do wish I had discovered this forum before now. However, reading many of the posts here only reaffirm my decision.
    Thanks again!

    No problem man. I'm right there with you, as I just bought a new XT 250 You may have already heard, but while you're here, watch out for those oil filters! Yamaha mis-packages them sometimes and it can destroy your engine. So just make sure when you change the oil, that the filter you put in is exactly the same as what comes out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wenjen4 View Post
    Thanks KJ,
    I did a LOT of research before purchasing these bikes and so far I am very pleased. I do wish I had discovered this forum before now. However, reading many of the posts here only reaffirm my decision.
    Thanks again!
    I wish I had discovered it at least sooner than I did!

    One day 5 years after owning my first TW, I was looking for pictures, when I ran into the forum. I too was always worried about how far the clutch engaged. Boy what I learned.

    Hope you and your son have a TWON of fun while creating memories of adventures!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbm View Post
    Hello and welcome!
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral View Post
    I wish I had discovered it at least sooner than I did!

    One day 5 years after owning my first TW, I was looking for pictures, when I ran into the forum. I too was always worried about how far the clutch engaged. Boy what I learned.

    Hope you and your son have a TWON of fun while creating memories of adventures!
    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wenjen4 View Post
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    It starts engaging about halfway out and seems to be fully engaged in about a half an inch. ....
    Yes, it's normal. After you get about 1500 miles on them you can switch to full synthetic oil like Mobil 1 4T Racing, and the clutch will get smoother....it won't change the small friction zone, just smoother engagement and easier shifting in general.

    As for the oil filter, they are designed to be cleaned and re-used many times. You should change the oil and clean the filter more often initially than the manual indicates, like 50 miles, 200 miles, and 600 miles. These old technology engines produce a lot of metal initially....get rid of it!

    tw200_30 mile change002.JPG

    This was my filter at 30 miles!
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