_A motorcycle clutch is one of the key parts of any motorcycle. Some clutches are easier to operate than others. A little nudge, like a particular level on the left clip-on, can completely disengage the motorcycle clutch. You need to be completely familiarized with the motorcycle clutch. This article will discuss how exactly does a motorcycle clutch work.
What is the motorcycle clutch?
The motorcycle clutch is a mechanical device that allows the transmission of energy. It engages or disengages that transmission. This allows the bike’s engine to be isolated from the rest of the motorcycle parts. The clutch allows the engine to run while the transmission stands still. When you release the clutch, both the transmission and the engine run together.
How does it work?
Most of the levers for the motorcycle clutches is located on the left bar. You can access it through a cable or a hydraulic system which then turns the clutch on or off.
If the lever is out, then the clutch is engaged. An engaged clutch means that the engine and the transmission are running together. If the level is pulled toward the driver, the springs in the clutch are compressed. This allows an independent movement between the clutch plates. When the lever is pulled in, the compressed springs allow the engine and transmission to run at different speeds.
What does “slipping the clutch” mean?
This is the act of intentionally disallowing the clutch to be partially engaged. It is neither fully engaged nor fully disengaged. What happens is that the engine will rotate faster than the bike’s transmission. This partial engagement allows a smoother transition from disengaged to engaged. This is effective and necessary for riding.
The problem with slipping is that it wears off the clutch plates. After some time, the clutch may slip on its own. This limits the capability of the clutch to perfectly function. The sensitivity of the clutch will be affected. Do not slip unless it is absolutely necessary. Additionally, make sure that you bring your bike in for regular maintenance checkups. A malfunctioning clutch can cause grave accidents.
How can you increase the efficiency of the clutch?
You can modify some areas to improve the performance of your clutch. You can swap out the springs for stiffer ones to help the clutch endure higher torque. You can also change the friction pad. It goes without saying that you should always opt for heavy-duty, premium-quality parts.
It is also ideal to consult a professional before committing to any drastic change in parts. Do not attempt to operate a bike when you’re unsure about the performance of the clutch. Additionally, practice until you fully understand your bike’s limitations. This may vary from bike to bike. always make sure that your clutch is in excellent condition so that you can avoid any accidents. Wear all your protective gear before attempting to ride a bike with a newly-replaced motorcycle clutch.