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This is mostly a comment (or a plea for help?) regarding my 2014 Street Glide and its' very hard to pull new hydraulic clutch lever.

I had prior to the Street Glide a 2008 Heritage Softail Classic with the standard cable clutch that was very easy on the hands to pull. I kept it properly lubricated and it worked great.

Now I have the 2014 FLHX with the "new" hydraulic clutch. You would think this would be easier to operate, but in fact, this clutch lever is a nightmare to pull. My fingers, hand and wrist are so achy and sore I don't get any pleasure riding anymore. From what I have been told (by the H-D service dept.) there is NO adjustment for this clutch system or any mods to make it easier to operate.

Does anyone else here have the same gripe and/or complaint? Did you find a "fix"? Is it just me? I sure would like to find a fix.

Other than this complaint, the bike is otherwise a pleasure to ride once the clutch is not longer needed (on the highway).
 

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I have the SG '14 too and it was my first bike with a hydraulic clutch. Mine was stiff too in the beginning but now, after 8K miles it has loosened up some (or either I am stronger) and it seems fine now. How many miles do you have yet?
 

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This is mostly a comment (or a plea for help?) regarding my 2014 Street Glide and its' very hard to pull new hydraulic clutch lever.

I had prior to the Street Glide a 2008 Heritage Softail Classic with the standard cable clutch that was very easy on the hands to pull. I kept it properly lubricated and it worked great.

Now I have the 2014 FLHX with the "new" hydraulic clutch. You would think this would be easier to operate, but in fact, this clutch lever is a nightmare to pull. My fingers, hand and wrist are so achy and sore I don't get any pleasure riding anymore. From what I have been told (by the H-D service dept.) there is NO adjustment for this clutch system or any mods to make it easier to operate.

Does anyone else here have the same gripe and/or complaint? Did you find a "fix"? Is it just me? I sure would like to find a fix.

Other than this complaint, the bike is otherwise a pleasure to ride once the clutch is not longer needed (on the highway).
Did the service department actually feel the clutch to verify there is nothing wrong with it. There is no reason it should be that hard to pull in unless something is wrong with it. Bike is a 2014,it should be covered.
 

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I have the SG '14 too and it was my first bike with a hydraulic clutch. Mine was stiff too in the beginning but now, after 8K miles it has loosened up some (or either I am stronger) and it seems fine now. How many miles do you have yet?
I only have a bit over 1700 miles on the bike. So, just maybe over some more miles, it might get easier but I haven't felt any changes since the beginning. The only improvement I have noticed since the bike was new and then thereafter I did the 1K service fluid changes (myself), I can actually find "neutral". I had the most frustrating time finding neutral. Funny how a fluid change made all the difference and I used only the standard Harley fluids as suggested in the owner's manual.

And yes, I know I need to get out on the road some more with the bike.

Here's a thought...I wonder if there is a conversion kit to convert from hydraulic to cable clutch operation for these bikes?
 
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