Engine question

John Soliday johnsoliday at msn.com
Fri May 29 08:53:01 PDT 2009

If the clutch plates were stuck together the rear wheel would still turn if
in neutral.  Hard to believe a piston ring would hold the rear wheel unless
it was already broken and jammed in the cylinder.  Doesn't sound likely but
I can't think off hand of what else it would be...

-----Original Message-----
From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com] On
Behalf Of Jonathon Jay
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2009 4:22 AM
To: Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion
Subject: Engine question

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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