Strange clutch problem

Chris Burgess chris at chrisburgess.com
Wed Jul 1 14:03:18 PDT 2009


Perhaps the clutch basket has some major wear on it prevent the plate from
sliding like it needs to?

On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM, Wendell Crain <wendell_crain at hotmail.com>wrote:

>
> I had this happen at the last round of racing. Went up for practice on
> Saturday. Took the bike out of the trailer and got it through inspection.
> Walked it back to the trailer and then was going to take it pit lane.
> Started it, waited for it to warm up, pulled in clutch and thought I had
> lost my mind or my grip. Looked at the cable. Tried to start it with the
> clutch in, but no joy. Walked it to pit lane. Went through the clutch
> adjustment and waited for the start of practice. Rode in practice for 15-20
> minutes. Then coming down pit lane pulled the clutch in. I could tell that
> it hadn't disengaged. Tried to find neutral, but wasn't lucky. Ended up
> hitting the kill switch. Went through the clutch adjustment again. Rode in
> the next round of practice for 10 minutes, it behaved normally. Tried one
> more round of practice and put the bike up thinking my clutch plates were
> going to go and I had no spares with me. Next morning, did two 5 minute
> rounds of practice and had no issues. I then had a major get-off in the
> first race, so the clutch was no longer an issue. :(
>
> > Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 13:01:41 -0700
> > From: js at strappe.com
> > To: sv650 at micapeak.com; sv-dl-riders at googlegroups.com
> > Subject: Strange clutch problem
>  >
> > Hi, guys -
> >
> > Last summer on a 3 day ride we had an odd problem first thing in the
> morning of
> > the second day.
> >
> > Ravi's SV 650 had a stuck clutch, just like a British bike. I've never
> seen this
> > before in a Japanese bike. After starting it in neutral and pulling in
> the
> > clutch, it wouldn't disengage. Just like my BSA. It had just been sitting
> overnight.
> >
> > I tried to break it loose by pulling in the clutch in second gear and
> cranking
> > the starter, but no good - the starter just pushed the bike across the
> parking
> > lot. Finally I started the engine in neutral, pulled in the clutch,
> gritted my
> > teeth and jammed the shift lever into first. Just like I have to do to my
> BSA.
> >
> > It worked, and the clutch behaved normally thereafter. No problem the
> next
> > morning, no problem since then.
> >
> > I want to emphasize that this wasn't a cable or linkage problem - the
> clutch
> > felt normal when I pulled on the lever. But the plates were stuck
> together even
> > though the spring pressure was removed.
> >
> > In a few days the bike's coming out to my place for a clutch inspection,
> but I'm
> > not inclined to replace the friction plates in a working clutch on a
> low-mileage
> > bike. Unless, of course, we find something wrong.
> >
> > Anyone else had this problem on an SV? Or any other modern bike?
> >
> > Suggestions welcome!
>
>
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