K1100 Clutch - Help!
New to the forum and looking for some advice and inspiration. I had noticed that my K1100LT clutch began to slip some time ago, this was initially only obvious when attempting ‘hard’ acceleration, also on the motorway if I was cruising and wound the throttle fully open the clutch would slip and after a few seconds the engine would catch up and the bike would accelerate (sling-shot effect). I had adjusted the cable (relatively new) on several occasions and it was at full adjustment. Hindsight is fantastic and I know that I shouldn’t have ignored the problem, but I needed the bike for my daily commute and the slipping was not too much of an inconvenience. This morning, 60MPH going up a long incline I realised I could not accelerate and when I tried I could hear the engine increasing revs with no increase in speed, before I realised what was happening I got the lovely smell of a burning clutch (burnt out clutch plates I hear you say, read on!). As I made my way to the hard shoulder, I went to change down and the clutch lever was ‘limp’. On inspection I could see that the lever was correctly operating the cable, which was correctly working the clutch arm at the back of the engine (with limited friction). After some mind searching I decided to see if I could get the bike home, which I did by putting in 1st gear, hitting the button and off we went. Now here’s the thing, whilst on the motorway (changing gears using engine revs) there was absolutely no sign of slippage and when I gave it full throttle it took off like the proverbial rocket (or at least as fast as a K1100 can!).
With my limited knowledge I have concluded that the clutch plates must be ok (or at least functional) but it is what engages/disengages the clutch which has gone. So what I need to know is has anyone experienced similar symptoms? What was the cause? Was it a major undertaking to repair? If so, can it be done by a relatively competent person, with no experience in this particular field? Anything else that you can add will be gratefully received. Thanks.