Engine question

Dave Daniels dwaynedaniels at sbcglobal.net
Fri May 29 05:43:20 PDT 2009

If your bike was in neutral, it shouldn't matter whether the clutch was stuck or not. The clutch only allows the tranny to freespin if it is in gear. If it's in neutral, it freespins whether the clutch is engaged or not. The clutch acts sort of like an in-line torque release between the engine and the tranny. But it the tranny is in neutral, the torque is already released between the engine and the rear wheel. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is correct.

--- On Fri, 5/29/09, Jonathon Jay <annihilator1100 at hotmail.com> wrote:

From: Jonathon Jay <annihilator1100 at hotmail.com>
Subject: Engine question
To: "Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion" <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
Date: Friday, May 29, 2009, 6:22 AM

It's late at night and I can't sleep. Do you all remember my e mail a couple of weeks ago regarding what I thought was a stuck clutch?

Perhaps someone can answer this:

The rear wheel would not turn with the clutch lever released out.

When I pulled the clutch lever in, the rear wheel would spin no problem.

If this was a stuck clutch would the position of the lever being pulled in or out even matter?

I'm starting to think that I had a stuck piston ring. Am I wrong? I got whatever it was unstuck by pulling the bike with my truck at 5-10 mph and repeatedly releasing the clutch lever. Now I'm worried I may have snapped a piston ring.

Please someone explain to me how these assemblies work in relation to turning the rear wheel. I really hope it wasn't an internal engine thing, but if it was, perhaps the 15 or 20 releases on the lever is what it needed and I didn't break something?

Input please, so I can sleep better.



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