another thing to remember when you put it all back together. A chain that is to tight or to loose can make shifting a bitch, almost like your clutch isn't right... - Mike
Right. Yeah, I did do that. I've slacked and tightened that damn cable more times than I care. I really thought cleaning it had worked, before I fired it up. It moved well with the clutch lever pulled and I couldn't push it with it released. That felt better than before where it would feel like it was dragging with the clutch pulled. But... I guess these dang plates are just warped. At least now, it seems, I know. I think I was quoted a few hundo for all the plates and some new springs from NField. I'm pretty sure this AVL has cost me more in parts than it did to buy the whole machine at this point. It's frustrating.
It can be frustrating. If you feel you have put more money in the bike than the amount of enjoyment you have received from owning it then it might not be the right bike for you. But I would bet that you deal with this clutch issue and solve it that this will be a fun bike for you. Funny how things change once you sort things out.