nah, i've been paying attention to the temperature and it has nothing to do with the problem. it seems to be totally random. you can be riding along and then just like you've flipped a switch the clutch engages differently. it seems to have two positions. normally it's 3/4 the way out, and then it'll go to about 1/4 of the way out. i can park the bike and let it cool - get back on the next day even, and the clutch will engage in the same position as when i left it. I'm convinced the idiots at the shop put it together wrong. they guy even said to me, "whoever put the last clutch in put it in wrong, it was misassembled." bull****. that was the original clutch from kawasaki. i got 18k miles out of it just fine. i think it was proly still fine when i had it replaced even. the real problem at that time was a tranny issue. what that tells me is the guy put the **** back together differently than how it came from the factory, which is obviously wrong. i still haven't done the tranny job. i have to replace the 2nd gear this winter when i'm not riding. i'll check out the clutch then. i'll never let another grease monkey get his hands on my bike again. thanks for the reply though.