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The pressure plate looks fine. You don't have a picture of the hub to tell what that looks like. I recently replaced my clutch friction plates, but don't remember what they looked like. If all the plates have that groove in them, then it is normal. There is nothing conceivable that could cause the same wear on all the plates. What do the metal plates look like?
When you reinstall the plates, those or new ones, remember that the last plate goes in differently from the rest. Read the manual for an explanation. I would not have known that if not for the manual. If you use new plates, soak them in oil before installing them. If you replace the springs, use oem springs only. Aftermarket "performance" springs are stronger, and will cause all the rest of the clutch release components to wear out faster, plus make it harder to pull in the lever.
If you found foreign material in the engine, I would be VERY concerned about major internal damage. Just a few grains of sand in the crankcase can destroy an engine. Bearings, cam lobes, and cylinder walls have no tolerance for anything abrasive.
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
Last edited by VN750Rider/Jerry; 04-12-2012 at 06:45 PM.