I had the clutch update done by my local bike shop and appear to have some issues. The first thing I noticed is that the engagement zone is much smaller now although it is still smooth. I can learn to live with that but I am also experiencing clutch slippage now. In top gear at 5K RPM (about 80 MPH) when I roll the throttle all the way open, the revs immediately go to 10K and sit there while the bike accelerates up to 125-130 MPH. It's hard to know if there is any slippage in first gear because the bike still pulls hard enough to wheelie but slippage is progressively worse as I go up through the gears. I talked to the service manager at the shop and he told me (believe it or not) that "it has a slipper clutch and it's supposed to slip." He next said my clutch was probably worn out and needed to be replaced. I believe the update included the center hub as well as new discs so I don't really believe that either. The bike has 7K miles on it and the clutch has never really been abused. I am running Amsoil 10W-40 synthetic (which this shop sold me) and he blamed that (snythetic oil) too. Any similar experiences or suggestions on how to proceed from here?
NO THERE IS A PART THAT HAS TO BE TAKEN OUT OF THE OLD CLUTCH AND PUT INTO THE NEW ONE SOME KIND OF SEAL SPRING HONDA DIDN'T SPECIFY IN THE DIRECTIONS DID MINE MYSELF IT WORKS GREAT HAD MY DEALER CALL HONDA TECH BEFORE I DID IT
Thanks, I did the search. Lots of info. Others seem to be experiencing the same symptoms after the update while others are not. Discounting the possibility of a batch of replacement parts being defective, it seems to be an installation issue.
Take it back. I had similar problems; the clutch would slip like crazy. Dealership had me call American Honda customer service. 1-866-784-1870
I did that and they said get it back to the dealer. They put a whole 'nother clutch assembly in it and now it works great.
Don't settle for a slipping clutch - defeats the whole purpose of having a superbike!
the clutch will be more prone to slipping in higher gears due to the ratio being taller..= more stress on the clutch in higher gears..
first thing I did after the recall was flip into 6th gear going about 30-40, and open the throttle... immediatly slipped and rev almost to the limiiter.. but I let off right away... turned around, told them what I had learned on here and 1hr later had a perfect clutch again... better than original to be honest.
Well, the problem appears to be fixed. It's not slipping now. They discovered they had completely left out the judder spring. I asked them to install a new clutch pack but they did not. American Honda Customer Service said the technician said the clutch "looked Okay" and if I had any more problems they would stand behind their work. I think a significant portion of this pack's service life is gone. I would like to reiterate what some others have noted on this forum. That is, the first signs of a slipping clutch are going to show up in a high gear (where the clutch is subjected to the greatest load) in an upper RPM (where the engine is producing a lot of torque). My bike could still power wheelie in first gear and felt pretty normal. If the slippage is bad enough, it will of course show up in the lower gears as well.
I had the just about the same issue after they installed the new clutch internals @ Honda of Hollywood. Took it back and they fixed it, but then pointed out the "clutches are not normally covered under the warranty"....nice!