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Worn Clutch - May 28, 2014, 10:54 PM

I've had a lot of customers come to me with some pretty unique clutch problems. Specifically, clutches going out way too soon. Now, I've seen a few go inside of 1,000 miles, but it's usually for good reason such as poor clutch technique, or like one guy he "Only uses his bike for parade rides like rolling thunder". Him and his companion combine to over 500 lbs, so I can understand how his VLX600 has a hard time. But lately I've seen a few come through with not much explanation. There's one in particular that I've known for 6 years and has great riding skills and mostly does long, open-road riding and yet her clutch is gone at just over 1,900 miles on here brand new Shadow 750.

I've always said that anything over 20K is a gift. Mine went out around 30K. For those of you that have had to replace your clutch, what was the mileage, what kind of bike and what kind of riding.


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May 28, 2014, 10:55 PM

30,000 Miles. 2003 Honda Superhawk. Mostly back-road corner/twisties. Liberated pace.


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May 28, 2014, 11:08 PM

Under 2000 miles.

KTM 300. Maybe it was the racing?



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May 28, 2014, 11:14 PM

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Under 2000 miles.

KTM 300. Maybe it was the racing?

Maybe it was the Fat Bastard on the bike?



Before you get pissed, look at your avatar. I'm just making a joke.


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May 28, 2014, 11:27 PM

I've never owned a bike long enough to need a replacement but my 07 GSXR 1000 went 32k with zero clutch problems. Hell, I did nothing to that bike but oil changes.


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May 29, 2014, 12:57 AM

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I've never owned a bike long enough to need a replacement but my 07 GSXR 1000 went 32k with zero clutch problems. Hell, I did nothing to that bike but oil changes.
I think i went 30k each on the red superhawk. Then didn't replace it again. Bike went bye bye at 100k and some change.

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95 suzuki GS500 74K clutch is ok, but engine died yesterday

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May 29, 2014, 08:44 AM

I've never replaced a clutch on a street bike. And only a couple from Donovan's race bikes (after a heavy mud race).

91 EX500 - can't remember how many miles were on it when I sold it... maybe 25k or so; original clutch
01 SV650S - sold it just shy of 50k miles to a friend; she rode it for another 20k miles; original clutch
99 SuperHawk - 50k miles; r/r went in 06, cam chain went in 07; sold it with original clutch
07 CBR1kRR - just shy of 25k miles (yeah, don't seem to ride as much as I used to), original clutch
Todd's 04 R1150RT - 50k miles I think when we sold it; original clutch
Todd's 07 R12RT - over 60k miles; original clutch
Donovan's 04 V-Strom 650 - just under 30k miles I think; original clutch


My commute includes lots of stop/go for ~90 mins in the morning, a little less in the evening. Donovan rides to/from school and to/from work on country roads. When Todd commuted on the bike, he went early enough that he hit no traffic so straight highway miles for him. And we do country riding and some touring.


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May 29, 2014, 08:49 AM

my 04 CBR600rr was still going strong at 46k miles on the original clutch before I sold her
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1998 Yamaha FZR600: replaced the clutch around 18k due to slipping ... but I have a feeling the previous owner was trying to do wheelies on it.

1994 Suzuki VS800: Haven't replaced yet, but noticed its starting to slip under heavy load; 12k miles.

Thank god replacing a Motorcycle clutch is relatively cheap and easy. I replaced the clutch on my Porsche 944, and it was around $800 just in parts and took me about 20 hours to complete!


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I kill clutches pretty quick on my motocross bikes. On a 125 I get 5-10 hours max out of them. A 250 I get much more use though, probably 25 hours.
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You replaced my 2003 R1 clutch at around 6500 miles. I bought it used with about 3k miles on it. So that means about 3500 miles of track days. There are some hints that it was possibly drag raced before I owned it, so not too surprising there.

Sold my 2001 FZ1 with the original clutch still going strong at around 13k miles (pretty much same motor and clutch as my R1).


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May 29, 2014, 12:28 PM

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I kill clutches pretty quick on my motocross bikes. On a 125 I get 5-10 hours max out of them. A 250 I get much more use though, probably 25 hours.
Ew... but I guess the fun makes up for it.

As for me, I've never had a bike long enough to need a new clutch.


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Ew... but I guess the fun makes up for it.

As for me, I've never had a bike long enough to need a new clutch.
It's part of the game with riding a 2 stroke. You fan the clutch to get the revs up quick. 65s, 85s, and 125s are hard on clutches, especially on soft tracks. Sand is the worst.

I can lug my 250 around though, so I don't have that problem. 4 strokes aren't near as bad.
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Look what happens to the basket. This is why Hinson billet clutch baskets, inner hubs, and pressure plates are on the market.

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