Re: 2009 HRC Clutch or clutch cable problem??
I've just collected my Repsol 09 Blade. I traded in my 06 Blade on it and so have an idea of how the clutches compare.
My experience is that the clutch on the new bike only lets out at the very end (lever all the way out). On downshifting this is fine as I just pull the clutch, drop however many gears I want to and just let it go (trusting the slipper). Pulling away in 1st can be fun though as there is a very fine line between the clutch being engaged then disengaged. Sometimes there is also a "clicky" feeling as if the lever is catching on something as I pull it in. I don't use the clutch going up through the gears. It feels totally different to the 06 bike but I'm also not sure if this is as it's meant to be. I find I need higher revs to accelerate hard (5-6000) rather than the 06 Blade which pulled from about 3000. I wonder if this is the clutch still being partially engaged until the revs get higher.
I called the dealer about it who said that they don't think there's a problem but will check it out when it goes in for the first service on Friday. I always ask the dealer to take my bikes out for a proper road test when they work on them (using all the gears and some hard acceleration/braking). This way they have no comeback if there's a problem. I almost got killed once when a dealer botched a tyre, front fork oil, and brake change (all three had major faults).
I'm like Floppy, I love this bike but the clutch either takes some getting used to or is faulty.