Join Date: Oct 2014
Model: GL1100 Standard w/Vetter and KG accessories
GL1100 clutch replacement - Q about center clutch hub spinning freely
The front brakes locked up on my wing in the fast lane of a 4 lane highway last week...had to get out of the middle of the road, and basically destroyed my clutch trying to overcome the brakes. At least I think that's what I did. Pretty bummed about what happened; it was all pretty exciting, happened very fast and in retrospect maybe I'd have done thing differently...all water under the bridge at this point.
Took the clutch cover off (with bike on sidestand and rear tire on the ground) and at this point I am waiting on the tool to remove the center nut that holds in the clutch assembly. Decided against the screwdriver/chisel trick. But I did notice that I can turn the center of the clutch by hand (more like with a vicegrip on the nut), and it spins with only a slight bit of resistance...even when the bike is in gear with the tire on the ground (regardless of whether it is in neutral or any gear, it feels the same). I would have expected that with the bike in gear, I would not be able to spin the clutch hub..not easily anyway. Anyway, I am awaiting the tool so I can see the condition of the clutch discs, but I am really troubled that I can spin the clutch center hub so easily. Does this sound like I have a much more serious problem, trans related for example?
Turning the bike over with the starter and the engine kill switch in the off position, the outer basket seems to turn with the crank. I have the pressure plate and springs out, so the center hub does not spin along with the outer basket. But assuming the clutch is working properly and both outer basket and inner clutch hub "hook up", I'd assume the center hub turning is what transfers power to the trans and ultimately the rear wheel. So if it turns freely, how can that happen? Very confused..and worried. Will see what if any damage there is to the clutch plates when the tool comes and I get the center hub out to inspect them...but I am worried now that the problem is more serious.
All advice is appreciated. Thanks!