Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Fairfield, Virginia, USA
Model: '97 GL1500SE/ '98 Lehman GTL Trike
If the rear wheels spun slowly at start up, sounds like maybe "windage" or "friction" drive … since you could stop them with the hand.
Still no noises either?????
No noises in driveline or transmission?????
Did you look at the drive shaft at welded end closely? A broken weld where the shortened OEM shaft enters the rear Neapco yoke would still leave shaft inserted in yoke to spin. The instructions for making the shaft say to weld at tip too, but mine never was, and mine had like 60,xxx miles on that welded drive shaft before I swapped in updated splined shaft with a new Valkyrie front U-joint and a new Moog 430 rear U-joint.
I don't see low hydraulic fluid in line causing it, but if the line somehow became blocked and trapped clutch fluid under pressure after you pulled clutch lever, could keep clutch disengaged. Does or did the clutch lever feel normal or limp on release? What you normally feel returning the lever to relaxed position is clutch spring pressure pushing fluid back up to clutch master cylinder.
Clutch plates could be worn out, but I would expect the symptoms to be noticed before. Things like a lot of prolonged clutch slipping when lever released. I don't know your habits, but I've seen people really slowly drag out the clutch engagement once triked, with the engine reved up, "slipping the clutch" excessively pulling away from stop, two up, with trailer. It's a wet clutch of multi plate design, it is tough, but it is killable.
1997 GL-1500 SE / 1998 Lehman GTL Trike
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