Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: North of Seattle, WA, USA
Hyper 821 clutch sucks, does your's?
Just bought a 2013 Hypermotard 821, love almost everything about it, aside from the clutch. Love the slipper action, but I'm so used to rev matching down shifts, that it's automatic at this point. The real problem is starting out from a dead stop, starting quickly, like getting the jump on traffic, which is how I start out a lot. When I do that here's what happens... slip, lurch, almost wheelie, pull in a little, slip, lurch, go. I look, and feel like a freakin' moron.
I'm over 50, been riding since I was 11, have owned and ridden tons of bikes, never had this problem before. Currently have 2 dirtbikes, 2 quads, the Hyper, a 2014 Yamaha FZ-09, and a Yamaha TMAX. Never owned or rode a Ducati before, but really wanted a Hyper with the new 18,000 mile service intervals.
The Duc had only 4,000 miles on it when purchased, and judging by the chicken strips it had, was a poser bike (so sad). The clutch free play and chain were checked (by myself), and adjusted to factory specs before I even rode it.
I don't know if this is normal for the hyper with the APTC clutch or not, since there are few reviews, and none mention this problem, and I don't know anyone else that owns one. Is this a byproduct of the "slipper function"? I also don't know what oil is in the crankcase, but would assume if it's synthetic that it's "jaso ma" rated for wet clutches. Although if it weren't the clutch would also probably slip under load (no evidence of that), and it would already be too late for an oil change to help the clutch.
I believe the Duc is still under warranty, but not sure. So I need some help here. Is what I'm describing normal? All you 821 owners out there, let me know if you experience anything similar, or what you think the cause may be. I'm sure it's not just operator error, or an incorrect adjustment.