One of the first things I noticed when I started riding my XVS650 Classic was that the friction point was out a long way from the grip (the lever almost fully out) and the friction zone itself was pretty small. Adjusting the cable to bring the friction point in left you with a floppy level, so a bit annoying really. Apparently this is common across all V-Stars. Most people probably learn to live with it and life moves on. Initially, I read about and ordered a clutch cable kit from Seritec in the USA for US$17 delivered - essentially just a spring and a metal tube installed at the clutch end of the cable - which allowed me to move the friction point back towards the bar and addressed the floppy cable problem. The spring keeps a bit of pressure on when the lever is just sitting there and the tube stops the spring from bowing sideways when the lever is pulled. You could make it yourself if you looked around for the right sized stuff. I still wasn't completely happy with the size of the friction zone and learnt about a modified clutch lever called The Clevver (clever lever, ho hum). Essentially, they change the point at which the cable attaches to the lever, which reduces the amount of pull you need as well as increasing the size of the friction zone. USD$48 shipped. It arrived yesterday and I installed it last night. The install was quick and easy (maybe 10 mins). After install, I found that when pulling the lever in and out there was some slight rubbing/grinding between the Clevver and the bracket that it attached to on the handlebar (just up from the pivot point). It was pretty minor, and didn't interfere with the clutch operation. A bit of WD40 smoothed things out and I'll keep an eye on it. The actual clutch operation is much improved. The friction point is in a far more natural position and the zone is wider. I'm keen to get a bit of slow speed manoeuvre practice happening, to test how much it helps with that too. Tight U-turns on my 650 are interesting in advance of my MOST test, so this should improve control. Apparently the modified lever is fine with XVS650 Classics, but Customs may need a change in bracket to fit. Some posts on the Yamaha Motorcycle Forum have said they have put them on a Custom without problems though.