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Question Clutch -Launching

So just bought my bike and took it for a good ride on the weekend...love it.But now and then the bike on the release of the clutch will launch and engage instantly or this is how it feels.
Now if i was turning or u turning this could be bad....

So my questions are

1. ive heard SP1 has a dodgy clutch when hot..is this true?
2. if so is there any way to rectify
3.are slipper clutches available? do you need any mods to fit?

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Yes, the RC51 does have a bit of a dodgey clutch grab, but i've never had it launch on me. its a weird clutch and it can be a little difficult when you first own the bike, especially if its your first v twin.
that being said there ae slipper clutches out there, yoyodyne makes one and i believe there are others.

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Glad this came up again. My SP1 still does exactly the same thing. I went completely thru the clutch master and slave and replaced all the necessary components. My recent thread about that was 'Launching Clutch'.
But it still does that once in a while. Yeah, it's a little nerve racking when it happens to you in the left turn lane!
It always makes a loud noise, like a beer belch as it tries to instantly engage. Happens to me about once every couple hundred miles or so. Twice since I rebuilt my cylinders.

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You could try retrofitting your clutch with the SP2's judder spring/seat and inner plate friction plate.
The purpose behind those parts was to try and make the clutch engagement less grabby.
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Is it a hard job to retro fit the sp2 clutch?

Also any where i can down load a service /workshop manual/
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How many miles do you have on the 'ol girl?? Maybe a fresh clutch/springs may not hurt...

Just another item that makes this bike just alittle different.



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You could try retrofitting your clutch with the SP2's judder spring/seat and inner plate friction plate.
The purpose behind those parts was to try and make the clutch engagement less grabby.
Thanks, i'll look into that. Been considering this may happen.

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How many miles do you have on the 'ol girl?? Maybe a fresh clutch/springs may not hurt...

Just another item that makes this bike just alittle different.
Is this alright? to piggyback on this thread?? I'm at 18,000.

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Im at 35 000 Km's
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Is it a hard job to retro fit the sp2 clutch?

Also any where i can down load a service /workshop manual/
Same clutch, just slightly different parts.
The innermost friction plate has a larger I.D. to clear the judder spring and seat.
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