I've been putting products on the website recently, and one of the items that I've been working on the hardest has been Clutch Baskets.
"What in the world is a Clutch Basket?" you might ask.
Well, according to Cyclepedia.com:
"A motorcycle clutch basket is a bowl-shaped gear-driven housing bolted onto the end of the clutch shaft. Its job is to hold the entire clutch assembly together. When servicing your clutch it is important to inspect your clutch basket for cracks and wear. Your service manual will generally provide service specifications for your motorcycle."
For the uninitiated, that means that it's basically a "basket" shaped holder that contains the parts of the clutch. Typical clutches are made up of a number of "plates" and "fibers" which serve different functions. A simple way of understanding the "CLUTCH" system is to keep in mind that the whole unit of Steel, Fibers and basket transfer the crankshaft’s rotation to the input shaft.
I don't know about you, but the history of things always intrigues me the most. For instance, who actually designed the first motorcycle clutch anyway?
According to Prezi.com:
"In the early days of transmissions, leather-lined, multiple-disc, oil-bathed clutches were in common use. Although the first use of a dry single-plate clutch was by Duryea in 1893, it was not until 1921 that a design was developed that would not burn out in a few hundred miles, thanks mainly to Englishman Herbert Frood, who perfected more durable friction materials."
So it looks like the people mentioned were the first ones to really tweak what the clutch system looked and acted like.
So let's look a bit more into a description of the clutch system.
According to Wikipedia.com:
"Motorcycles typically employ a wet clutch with the clutch riding in the same oil as the transmission. These clutches are usually made up of a stack of alternating friction plates and steel plates. The friction plates have lugs on their outer diameters that lock them to a basket that is turned by the crankshaft. The steel plates have lugs on their inner diameters that lock them to the transmission input shaft. A set of coil springs or a diaphragm spring plate force the plates together when the clutch is engaged.
On motorcycles the clutch is operated by a hand lever on the left handlebar. No pressure on the lever means that the clutch plates are engaged (driving), while pulling the lever back towards the rider disengages the clutch plates through cable or hydraulic actuation, allowing the rider to shift gears or coast. Racing motorcycles often use slipper clutches to eliminate the effects of engine braking, which, being applied only to the rear wheel, can cause instability."
Interesting stuff eh?
Maybe you still have some questions about the clutch system and the greater transmission that it's connected to.
I'm adding some videos and links to more information so you can get a much deeper understanding of it all.
I hope you enjoyed all that as much as I did in finding and linking to it.
I hope you now have a better understanding of the importance of the clutch, basket and all the parts that make your bike GO GO GO!
Take good care of your clutch and it will take good care of you!
And if you need one, look no further than MagicMotorsports.net!
See ya soon!