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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Another clutch issue
At 70,000 miles, I just started having problems with my clutch. Unlike most clutch problems however, mine is not slipping, it is dragging. It will not release completely. It releases enough that you can hold the bike in place with it in gear and the clutch pulled in, with your feet on the ground, but lift your feet off the ground and it will slowly creep forward. I rode it about 10 feet like that, in gear, clutch in, at idle speed. The cable and release arm are adjusted properly, and the cable is well lubricated. I noticed this a couple of weeks ago, when it became almost impossible to downshift.
I pulled the clutch plates and springs out, the springs and steel plates check out fine, but the friction plates had a very weird problem I've never seen before. I checked all of them, and found the same thing. Some spots were worn almost but not quite to the service limits. Other spots were OVER the max limits. I first thought they were warped, but in measuring them with my caliper, I actually did find several places that were thicker than they were supposed to be when they were new. I got some new EBC CK plates form DK, and am waiting on the cover gasket from RonAyers to put it back together. Anybody ever heard of anything like this? This is an '02 model, and this is the first time the clutch cover has been off.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike