Join Date: May 2004
Location: Hazel Green, AL, USA
Re: Clutch life
When you say slips from time to time. The only reliable way to test for slippage is the fifth gear roll on test. Get up to highway speed in 5th, say 3,500 to 4,000 rpm and cob on the power. If you get an rpm increase with out the increase in speed then she slipping. Often a lot of feathering in a lower gear will produce a follow on slip but it is not an indication of a failing clutch.
Mine would fail the 5th gear test only once, then I would have to wait several minutes to do it again. I rode for several thousand miles like this with no slips in the lower gears. When I did change it it was very near the wear limit.
I feel I shortened the life when pulling my first trailer on a 6,000 mile trip as I feathered the clutch too much above 2,000 rpm to get the bike rolling with the trailer. I now make sure the clutch is fully engaged before I exceed 1,500 rpm and shoot for no more than 1,200 before I roll on the power.
2009 K1300GT Red Rocket
2009 R1200GS (Gone)
2005 K1200LT Ocean Blue Blue Wizard 110 K and counting...
2006 Bushtec Turbo+2 Spell
2004 330 Ci Convertable
Have ridden a Motorcycle in all 48
But lack DE, MA, RI and CT with the 2005 LT
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