Just got back from the new clutch trial run in Big Bear http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...35962&t=h&z=10
I don’t believe what I have gotten use to. I got use to old balding tires and when I put on a new set I realize how much the old set was slipping.
Been a long time between valve adjustments, once I did adjust the valves I was pleasantly surprised with how much better the bike is now running.
I up graded the front break pads and am pleasantly surprised with the bikes ability to stop compared to the old pads.
Now I have been having problems with the clutch slipping a bit when I try to reach 80mph as fast as I can; been doing this for over a year. It did not seem to be that bad so I just learned to slow down on how fast I accelerate (did that make sense?).
Well today I went out on a nice 150 mile ride through my local mountains in Big Bear. I did not realize how much I had gotten use to the clutch slipping. The accelerating was much crisper, down shifting was much more responsive. Throttling through the corners was much smother. The clutch held when I went through the corners which meant I found it easier to hold the line and move through the corner.
Today I realized how much power I had been loosing due to the slipping clutch. The bike seems to be a completely different bike today. Before the new clutch when I down shifted from 5th to 4th to go up hill I thought that I had to do this down shift due to the bike being only a 800cc. well today I realized it was due to the clutch slipping.
I had originally planed on just changing out the clutch springs but when I check the old friction plates against the specks I realized I was just within the tolerances. So I decided if I could find new friction plates at the local stealer I would replace the friction plates. I am glade I did.
I know others will have different experiences with their clutch, this is my experience. I hope the pics help others in taking on this job. That help is the primary reason behind the pics.