Hey all. I don't usually post mechanical gripes on here as it's usually better to go on the make specific forums, but I just thought that since we're so deep into the dark season I might as well ask some of the gearheads here....
When I bought my S3 I found that the guy I'd bought it from had installed the pazzo's without properly adjusting the clutch lever, so the clutch was never fully engages and had been slipping a little for the few hundred KM he'd ridden it since installing it. When I took it in for a first service my trusty Triumph mechanic said he adjusted it, and the ride was much nicer for it, since I was now actually using the bike's power instead of wasting it on a half open clutch.
I now have the issue that, once warmed up, my bike often has very sticky gears. I often am completely unable to get it out of 1st when stopped, and at low speed it's now sometimes difficult to get from 1st into 2nd. Sometimes I even get slightly pulled forward at a stop with the lever pulled all the way in (regardless of the adjustment on the pazzo, btw). It doesn't slip (ie the clutch engages fully when I let it out) and it doesn't ever slip out of gear. It's also generally fine when I start the bike up, and doesn't start for at least 10 minutes. On the other hand, I've ridden from Kamloops to Vancouver and found that the clutch is fine upon arrival. I don't think this is a cable tension issue as I've adjusted the hell out of it and found that if I adjust it any further in the "tight" direction, the clutch starts slipping again. So it's either sticky, or slippy. I've confirmed with my fellow Speed Triple riders that there should be a very good bit of happy middle ground that I can adjust to, and that the transmission should be quite nice and buttery, so this is indeed a problem.
In September I took the clutch apart and changed the springs and the oil, and checked out the plates. There was certainly no visible warping but I hadn't realized how small the warping had to be to make a noticeable difference (passing a .1 or whatever thickness shim between them), so I may have missed that. After the spring and oil replacement it felt a bit better, but that was likely just the new oil as it now feels just as bad after another 1000KM.
I'm thinking about ordering new plates and having them installed at my next service (I'm not terribly interested in spending that much time scraping leftover gaskets off my covers again), but now it's looking like if I want to get all the plates it'll cost close to $400 instead of the $100 I was originally told, just for the parts, and someone fairly knowledgeable recently suggested that if it was sticking inconsistently and not slipping, it's likely not the plates.
So in summary:
-Inconsistently sticky clutch, not fully disengaging when lever is pulled
-likely caused by riding with overly tight clutch cable - partly disengaged clutch
-doesn't seem to be a cable tension issue, have adjusted tension
-clutch is usually fine at the beginning of the ride, doesn't happen for at least 10 minutes
-not the springs, not the oil
-sticking, not slipping clutch, not slipping out of gear