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I don't know if I am understanding you right about the clutch, but I usually have a lot less slack in the cable than 10-20mm. What I do to measure it is make sure the clutch lever is all of the way out, and then I pull on the clutch cable/housing in the direction away from the lever. I adjust the play so that the cable housing only pulls out of the lever barrel adjuster about 2-3mm.
For me this works well because, when the clutch lever is depressed to shift, the clutch disengages pretty early so I can shift quicker, but with that amount of play, there is no clutch plate slippage to worry about.
With the clutch cable adjusted like this though, I am checking the cable play at least every other ride. When the lever barrel adjuster is at its limit, I adjust the cable at the engine end adjuster, and then reset the clutch lever adjuster.
Hope this helps.