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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-17-2005, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Is my Clutch going bad???

I am pretty sure my clutch is going but I am looking for any comments. I have replaced the clutch plates on my 2 previous ninjas and it was obvious that they went bad by some serious slipping.

My 1999 Superhawk has over 19K miles now and still on original clutch. At Road America a few weeks ago my bike felt funny near the end of the straights at near top speed. It seemed like I would lose power to the wheel but I couldn’t tell if the engine was misbehaving. Also at 150+ I still get near sensory overload and can't think about just listening to my bike. Not a natural at braking and turning yet

Now, on the streets, I THINK I felt more slipping when downshifting to overtake a car. This happened only a couple times, now.

Could it be anything else? Any confirming tests before taking it apart to inspecting them? Anyone know if I should be able to measure the plate thickness from the oil filling spot?

Thanks.
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stick it in 6th gear at 40mph and pin it. if the revs rise faster than the bike accelerates you got slippage mang.

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only 19K...Are twins harder on a clutch then I-4? Just wondering..


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only 19K...Are twins harder on a clutch then I-4? Just wondering..
I'd assume so, with all the damn torque...
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Kinda what I thought, but with only 19K miles seems kinda short lived for a clutch, unless your popping it all the time for wheelies


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Kinda what I thought, but with only 19K miles seems kinda short lived for a clutch, unless your popping it all the time for wheelies
not if you use the bike on the track. notice the forum this is in?
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OOPS!! Carry on


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Thanks! I am a bit gear happy on the track.
I will try the 40mph top gear test. I did this at 60 or 70 and didn't have a problem, but I still think it is the start of the problem. I definiatly need to fix this before Putnam in July.

I have never adjusted a hydrolic clutch before. I do have the shop manual, though, and I will see if it tells me how to do it tonight when I get home. The fliud is pretty dark.


And, No I don't need to pop the clutch for wheelies
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Thanks! I am a bit gear happy on the track.
I will try the 40mph top gear test. I did this at 60 or 70 and didn't have a problem, but I still think it is the start of the problem. I definiatly need to fix this before Putnam in July.

I have never adjusted a hydrolic clutch before. I do have the shop manual, though, and I will see if it tells me how to do it tonight when I get home. The fliud is pretty dark.


And, No I don't need to pop the clutch for wheelies

have you bled and replaced your clutch fluid recently?

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-17-2005, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Front brakes, every trackday.

I have never done the clutch line. I will first do that tonight.
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