1st post, new to the forum.
I have a 2001 KLR650, I've had it for about 6 months, it's my 3rd motorcycle, I love it.
Just recently got a membership to a co-op shop here in East Atlanta, and replaced my clutch plates, battery, clutch cable, clutch lever, removed the rear rack and windscreen, and some other odds and ends.
I'm not new to mechanical work, but it was surely a challenging and frustrating job, but you gotta learn somehow.
Today was the first time I'd been able to ride my bike in like 2 months, and I was ecstatic to do so.
****in kickstand down switch thingy had us stumped (because I forgot about it lol ) , we couldnt get into gear without stalling the bike with the brand new clutch in, and the lever pulled in.
Finally figured it out and off I went
I have big plans for this bike, can't wait to get back to work on it!
One major problem I have : the clutch cable gets routed underneath the headers and heat shield, but when it's there, it starts to melt. The old one was almost melted completely, and the brand new one is already starting to melt after today :/ .
Any tips on how to avoid this? I was gonna take the heat shield off of the header but it seems to be blocking the rear brake stuff from heating up, as well as a small bit of header wrap in that area.
I discovered I could pull a bit more slack out so the cable doesn't touch the header, so I was thinking I could do 1 of 2 things, either:
A - take off the heat shield and wrap the headers with thermal tape
B - Wrap some aluminum tape around the clutch cable itself
Not sure what to do about this, clutch cables are only $10, but I JUST put it in today and don't wanna have to wait for any other parts, or waste money.
If I wrap the cable in aluminum tape would this make it retain more heat, thus making it melt more?
Thanks for any suggestions