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I have a '89 KLR 650 that needs some work. It's not currently running, and I don't have much mechanical know-how yet. I'd like to connect with a decent mechanic, ideally someone who could come to my spot in Hyde Park in Chicago, and get the bike running.

I was riding it this past September despite some idling issues, then the clutch cable snapped. I replaced it but it wouldn't engage, like it was disconnected inside the gear box (or engine? like I said, I'm new at this moto mechanickery). Now the bike has been sitting for a few months, so I'm sure it'll need some extra resurrection work as well.

If you're interested in helping a newbie learn some moto mechanics or if you know someone who might be able to come out and get my bike running, let me know!
*clarification: I am planning to pay a mechanic, I just need to find one. I'm not expecting someone to come out and work or teach me for free. (although I got no problem with that either)*


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Welcome to the forum, tykelly.

The clutch cable needs to have enough slack that the clutch lever has between 1/4 -1/2 inch free travel at the end ball when the handlebars are turned to either side.
One direction will be slightly tighter than the other, that is Normal.

The 'Wet Clutch' motorcycle clutches will usually 'stick' the plates together temporarily during storage, many times even over-night. This may be affected by different brands of oil.
So start the engine on full choke & warm it up to the point that you can back the choke down & the engine will respond to throttle, normally. Usually 2-3 minutes.

Now, with the clutch cable properly adjusted and the engine running, you need to Squeeze & HOLD the clutch lever. Then rev the engine from idle to about 3500-4000rpm with quick 'Blips' of throttle, 3 or 4 times. This quickly accelerates & decelerates the wet clutch plates, allowing them to spin free. STILL Holding the clutch lever!

Allow the engine to return to normal idle (1300 +/- 100 rpm) and then shift down into 1st gear. The bike will probably still 'flinch' a little bit. But should not 'lurch & die'.
This is normally the daily ritual, with most wet clutches.

I hope you find a riding partner or two and that they know a good mechanic.
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