Hey pdwestman. I got the bike, its a 2009, in August of 2016. It had about 2,000+ miles and I put 9,000 on it. The oil is synthetic and it has about 3 months in. I feel kinda dumb asking this but where will I see the slack and what position should the clutch arm be in? I've combed the manuals, owner and service and I cannot find anything.
Also, could Damocles be right about the springs?
Thanks for helping a newb
Not PDW, but I believe I can answer your question. You won't really see
the slack but the clutch lever should have a tiny bit of play when at rest. If the lever is held tight against its stop, then the cable is too tight.
The system can be adjusted via nuts on either end of the cable but it's simpler to just do it at the handlebar.
First, loosen the locknut. That's there so that the bike's vibrations don't loosen the cable during operation. Next, you'll turn the adjustment knob in or out (counterclockwise tightens the cable, clockwise loosens). You'll want to tighten it to the point where there's a tiny bit of play in the lever, but not so much that the lever is held to the perch. After you're done adjusting, remember to tighten the locknut back up. And that's it!
Also, Damocles is probably right about the springs. Back on one of my old EX250s the clutch started to slip all the time and eventually wouldn't even engage. The plates looked good, so I grabbed a set of springs off amazon, and swapped them out the day I got them. You can also do the washer method, but you really should get new springs if you're in there anyway.