Stupid question on my part, I suppose, but is the inspection plate on the right side of the bike (kick starter side) in the upper center area of the gear box cover, held on with two screws?I have a 2009 RE Bullet G5
I thought it was vented but I see that it's not. Maybe it's escaping out the chain when it gets all over the back of the bike on an overfill?
Oh man - ok. I'll have to check. I'll take it apart this weekend and assess the damage. I'm glad I mentioned the fluid leak, I thought it was standard operating procedure for overfilling. Thanks for the heads up.
Yep - that's it. Not a stupid question. Yes, that is what I'm referring to.
Use a thick piece of glass if you have one to check the flatness of the plates. Using ATF as Ace and others suggest is the consensus. I use Castrol F type in mine.I also use some kerosene in a spray bottle to clean the inside of the primary. I also use the kerosene to clean the clutch pack.
What symptoms appear if clutch plates aren't flat?
If your friction plates are worn out or damaged you might want to upgrade with a set of Barnett or the Surflex plates sold by Hitchcock's. I use the Surflex plates with no slippage whatsoever. I also have the upgraded clutch basket which has upgraded friction rings that are trued once they are installed.
Help me out with the lingo - I'm looking into buying new parts. Nfield gear sells Barnett "friction" plates while Hitchcocks sells Surflex "Clutch" plates. Snidal lists them as "friction plates" and "intermediate" plates. If i'm replacing the plates, what am I looking for?Thanks.
Technically the thick outer steel plate with the triangular hole pattern that the springs push against is your pressure plate. The steel plates that make up the clutch pack are specified as flat or dished.
I expected a reaction like that from you Scotty J. Boggy states he's having problems understanding nomenclature or lingo for the different parts. After reading your post I put in my two cents so he doesn't get even more confused. And just to clear the air, I have never stated I know everything. I really only comment on things I do know. Unlike yourself who comments on anything and everything for the sake of being what you have described me...... a know-it-all. If you look at how many posts I have made over the many years I have been a member of this forum to the number of posts you have made in your short time as a member it is quite apparent who is who.
I expected a reaction like that from you Scotty J. Boggy states he's having problems understanding nomenclature or lingo for the different parts...........
Seriously, who talks like that about bikes?
Seriously, who quotes Alibaba? Get yourself a parts book. Book + Read= Education
Lack of character? I don't need character. I have personality. And how do you figure I'm "attacking" you for calling you out on BS? If I wanted to attack you I'd invite you to step into the cage or ring with me in front of a crowd! I'd even let you choose the fighting style. It's been a few years, but I reckon I could still knock some respect into you.Scottie
I had a big long drawn out response, but I'll sum it up. Hypocrite. You keep pointing out my faults but yet you refuse to respond to anything I've called you out on. Bye.
"Dear Sir,If you choose to use the Surflex plates you will need to convert to a 4 plate clutch. "
another thing to remember when you put it all back together. A chain that is to tight or to loose can make shifting a bitch, almost like your clutch isn't right... - Mike
Right. Yeah, I did do that. I've slacked and tightened that damn cable more times than I care. I really thought cleaning it had worked, before I fired it up. It moved well with the clutch lever pulled and I couldn't push it with it released. That felt better than before where it would feel like it was dragging with the clutch pulled. But... I guess these dang plates are just warped. At least now, it seems, I know. I think I was quoted a few hundo for all the plates and some new springs from NField. I'm pretty sure this AVL has cost me more in parts than it did to buy the whole machine at this point. It's frustrating.
It can be frustrating. If you feel you have put more money in the bike than the amount of enjoyment you have received from owning it then it might not be the right bike for you. But I would bet that you deal with this clutch issue and solve it that this will be a fun bike for you. Funny how things change once you sort things out.
Where did you find the Barnett plates? My Sureflex plates are giving me trouble. Might just have to say screw it and get a Newby clutch.
Barnett number 301-28-50001.For Greeves-Villiers.Old # 525-A
Thanks Ace. How much better are the Barnett plates over the Sureflex plates?
I have never used the Surflex plates.The Barnett plates hold very well, and last a long time. They have a lot more surface area for holding than the stock plates, and they are thick, so they last.