I've got an old Ducati Monster 620ie, which is my first motorbike. Pulling the clutch is a real pain in the ass. I mean it becomes In order to be sure whether the problem is related with my rookiness I have not changed anything in the adjustments. And waited whether I can get used to it or not. Having riden my motorcycle around 5000 kms, I still believe that there may be something wrong with it. I asked to some other motorcycle guys I encountered and told them to try my clutch lever. They all said that it is too heavy. Especially in a traffic jam where you constantly need to perform stop and move cycles maybe million times; I cannot even move my fingers. What can I do?

  • Adjust it?
  • Lubricate it?
  • Change it to a wire-free hydraulic clutch?
  • Get used to it and develop muscle?
  • Do you know if a rekluse clutch is available for your bike?
    – Caius Jard
    Commented Mar 20, 2019 at 21:02

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Some motorbikes have heavy clutches. It may just be a default thing. This does not mean that you can not do anything about it but it may be a good idea do try and find other motorists experienced same model of bike with the same production year and region. One example I am thinking is a friend's tenere 700ish (not the liter bike version) where the clutch is by default heavy. There are things you can do for a lighter clutch. Here are few.

  • lubricate your clutch cable

Clutch cables "need" periodic oiling and regular change. However few motorists really bother. Knowing that you have an old bike, it may still have its original cable in a very bad condition

  • Remove your clutch lever. Grease the bolts and the slot. Don't over tighten the bolt when assambling back.

The part where your lever is attached to the handlebar might be causing a lot of friction as well. Again considering you are dealing with an old bike it is not a bad idea to grease few moving parts.

  • Leaver length is also important.

Make sure your levers are properly sized. Some people slap on short levers to their street bikes for reasons beyond my understanding. If that is the case you will have a harder time pulling the clutch as well. This will help you pull with all of your fingers on a spot where you will have a greater leverage.

  • Fix your posture

If you are not "sitting" on the bike properly this may cause tension on your arms as well. While you are riding the bike your wrists should be almost straight with no twist. It should be straight within the range of throttle free play. After an hour of riding if you have any sorts of body fatigue anywhere other than your legs you may have a poor riding position. If you don't have any fatigue in your legs you should squeeze the gas tank more :).

  • Contents of this video

This video is intended for dirt bikers but I see no reason why they should not apply. As far as I know (which is not a lot) almost all motorbikes have similar multidisk clutch assemblies. You can try the advices here that may apply to your bike. Please consider this as a last resort as it involves with messing around engine internals. I have this impression (which may not have a really good basis) that ducatis are not abuse proof. Please keep in mind that I am not a proffesional mechanic. Everything apart from the last is unlikely to harm your bike but there might be other solutions that are not manifested here. A possible expert on this might be ducatikiller if he wishes to write an answer here.

Edit1: I just remembered there are kits on the market that turn your cable clutch into a hydrolic clutch. Those kits are somewhat expensive and not very easy to fit. Considering that your bike is old, it may not worth the investment.

  • Be aware that some motorcycle brake or clutch cables (I'm looking at you, BMW) run in sheathing with a nylon or teflon sleeve. Petroleum-based lubricant is not good for these linings, which should remain dry and clean. Commented Mar 21, 2019 at 2:29
  • You can also try to find a compatible Magura HYMEC, hydraulic replacement for it in case you want tou change it to hydraulic which is supposedly maintenance free and probably much softer. Still don't know if they have a compatible one for your motorcycle and if it has any disadvantages such as lack of control over engage / disengage
    – kokobill
    Commented Mar 21, 2019 at 13:12
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    I think Ducati made a smattering of 620 bikes with and without the slipper clutch. I have an older model with the wet, slipper clutch and it's feather light to use. For an old bike, I wonder if the cable has ever been lubricated. Seems an easy place to start.
    – AdamO
    Commented Sep 9, 2019 at 16:56

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