Last Night's Maintenance

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Timbone, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. Timbone

    Timbone Active Member

    My clutch has been slipping a bit lately and, since I am still doing daily riding on this my motorbike, I decided to attend to a few areas that needed attention.

    First, I ran to WallyWorld and got a bought a $20 white walled tire to place on the front. My knobby mountain bike tire was wearing down fast right down the middle and even with the puncture resistant tube, I couldn't take any chance of a fail. My test ride afterwords was on wet roads and the front tire is not nearly as grabby as the knobby. In fact, I was leaning a turn, caught a wet manhole cover and the front tire slipped - just enough to give me a bit of scare. It grabs well on asphalt, so I will be safe. Sure is smooth and looks good!

    I have no fixed fenders and wet roads kick up a lot of spray, often soaking my shoes and lower legs of my pants. So, I picked up a $2 piece of thick vinyl wall base. I cut a length that ran a bit short of the distance of my curving downtube, drilled 6 pairs of strategically placed holes and laced the vinyl to the downtube using plastic zip ties. Success! I now have a very nice mudflap that acts as a fender. That will knock down a lot of road spray.

    As for the slipping clutch: I have always been a bit concerned about those little clutch pad hockey pucks. So concerned, in fact, that a few months ago I cut up a piece of bungee cord into very close copies in case my originals wore down and no longer did their job. So, last evening was meant to be the Great Clutch Experiment to see if these rubber hockey pucks would work.

    So I removed the clutch plate and what I saw shocked the hell out of me: even after the thousands of miles I've ridden on this motor, the clutch pads are incredibly thick! They are smoothed out on both sides but still very robust and clean. Nothing leaking into the clutch compartment at all, so I adjusted the clutch, set the flower nut with the little screw and closed her up. In the past two months I've had no issue whatsoever with the clutch; it's truly amazing.

    I replaced one of the motor mounts with grade 8 nut and bolt and my work was done for the evening.

    I had a great ride to and from work (performance wise) and this evening I finished up the fabrication on a small windscreen that I fashioned out of 3/8" rod, some split ring hangers, and plexiglass. I'll have to test the windscreen before I lock it onto the handlebars. This thing has to be as solid as a rock and equally quiet.

    Soon, I hope to come up with a solid plan for a 6 or 12 volt lighting system running off a SLA battery that will be recharged via a wallcharger when the bike is not in service. A fixed taillight will mean a fixed rear fender, something that I am not crazy about. I like the fenderless look!

  2. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    The clutch pads are surprisingly durable.
  3. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    the clutch is about the most durable part of a china girl
  4. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    :iagree: they go forever, as do the primary drive gears, which is astounding considering that they run metal on metal without any lubrication. More surprising considering that the hard chromed cylinder wears out before the primary gears, despite being lubricated with oil.

    To this day i can't work out how a non lubricated part can outlast a lubricated part.
  5. Timbone

    Timbone Active Member

    You guys have so much experience! It's a pleasure to see your input. The reason I have been so successful is that there is so much good info on this sight. When I was playing with go karts and mini-bikes as a kid, the clutch was always the wildcard. When I bought my first HT engine, opened up the clutch cover and saw the funky hockey pucks, my first thought was "these little things are gonna burn up fast". Geez how wrong I was!

    On another note, I had all these wild plans to improve the lighting on the motorbike. I went to one of the big box stores and saw a cheap 320 lumen Utilitech LED flashlight (running on 4 AAA batteries), picked it up for $20, found a package of zip ties and mounted the light below the stem. That light is BRIGHT. I'll keep riding with my 180 lumen headlight mounted on my helmet so I will see and be seen.

    And I also picked up a battery charger and the batteries that go with them. Simple, cheap solution!

    I even finished up my little windscreen, tested it then locked it onto the handlebars with some threadlocker. This thing is solid as a rock- no vibration at all and really makes a difference when I dip my head under it. It even looks good. I'll put some pics up soon.

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