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post #1 of 13 Old 08-15-2009, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Burned up clutch......

Well, I suppose I am one of the very, very few who have burned up my clutch. According to my dealership, service department....the SV and DL and Gladius have 'blullet-proof' clutches and they have no record of a failure inside of 100k miles.

I toasted mine at 21k.

I will totally take the blame!!!! I ride stuff like this......



I am shopping for parts and believe I can completely rebuild the clutch for about $150 with a Barnett Kit (the best there is).

No worries....I ride the crap out of this bike...use it and abuse it and if the clutch lasted 21k miles....I am the lucky one.

I am just happy that I can totally abuse a $8k bike, instead of a $25k GSA!!!!

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I ride stuff like this..
Looks painful....

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I can see how you might go through a clutch, riding rubble piles.

Perhaps you should start ordering salads for lunch?
You know just as a little insurance on the next clutch.

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get a big honker rear sprocket to gear the bike down for rides like that so you will not have to ride / slip the clutch as much....

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Y'know, the more I look at that picture, the more impressed I am with the fact that trees are growing in the middle of those rocks. Amazing!!

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I have no complaints, this clutch has survived three summers of Colorado mountain exploring and yes....very good advice to move to a larger rear. I dropped one tooth on the front to a 14T...But I would like to go to a 50T in the rear.

Anyway....to the rear question at hand..... I need to order a clutch today and am wondering if any of you have some advice. My dealer says that Barnett makes the best clutch....true, not true?????

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I ran a Barnett clutch years ago in a Harley and liked it OK (dry clutch). I have seen some complaints recently about the Barnett clutch plates being warped. The result of a few warped plates in a clutch pack is reduced travel between engaged and disengaged because the warped discs use up some of the travel. The end result is either a dragging clutch or a slipping clutch, depending on adjustment.

Barnett has been around a long time. At one time they WERE considered the best. That may not be true anymore. Things change. Quality control can slip. The stock clutch plates seem to be pretty damned good, at least I haven't read of any problems with them. Wish I could say the same for the baskets. If it were me I think I would tend to stay stock.

Edit: If you do go with the Barnett be sure to let us know how they work out.

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i wonder if stock plates but with stiffer clutch springs would be better ? on my GS my dealer told me katana springs were stiffer , maybe SV springs are an upgrade?

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i wonder if stock plates but with stiffer clutch springs would be better ? on my GS my dealer told me katana springs were stiffer , maybe SV springs are an upgrade?

I am hoping you are 'spot on' Chris!!!

I just finished the clutch job and it took a whopping 90 minutes! Anyone who pays $400-$600 for a clutch job from a dealer is nuts.

Anyway, I went with the Barnett. Actually I purchased the SV650 Barnett Clutch Kit. The springs are much beefier and longer. After putting it all back together, pouring in new coolant and oil.....I took her for a spin. OH WOW!!!!...I love this new clutch.....so much better than stock.

I got my clutch kit off of Ebay for $125 shipped to the house, but it is worth the $185 retail!!!!

Hopefully this one will last at least 30k miles.......with the shit that I ride!!!

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I envy you but am too scared to do that with my own bike! Some friends and me have been going to some mountain roads but nothing like what your picture looks like... Yours is a Desktop picture already !!!! :-D
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