|Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 02:15 pm: ||
I finally installed my new primary cover after the original one broke and left me stranded in Sturgis last month……1100 miles from home!! I won’t go into detail about how it really put a damper on our vacation and how much of a pita it was getting me and a broken motorcycle home, and locating a new primary cover, but in the end, I guess things kinda worked out.
What concerns me now is why it broke in the first place. What caused the failure is the shoulder broke that the clutch ball ramp presses against when the clutch is dis-engaged. This caused the clutch lever to travel freely all the way to the hand grip, without disengaging the clutch.
I performed a BadWeB search and have found others who have had the exact failures. One of them is Obiewan who started a thread with excellent photos and a nicely done fix to his broken cover. Brother in Buells also contributed with photos of his fix:
I am concerned that this may happen again. I primarily use my Uly for longer rides including many multiple day trips out of state. Catastrophic break downs like these can be very inconvient and can ruin what is supposed to be a fun vacation.
A few thousand miles ago there has been a rattling noise coming from my primary when the clutch lever is pulled in…….but only when the bike is fully stopped and in gear. I’m not surer if this is a factor in the failure but it seems suspisous And yes, my primary chain and both clutch adjustments (ball ramp and cable) are properly adjusted.
Maybe there is some issue with the clutch shell, needle bearing, or clutch hub? Maybe there is a vibration that stresses the cover over time? Maybe there is someone in the collective here that might have some insight or experience as what might be causing these primary covers to break.
(Message edited by debueller on September 15, 2010)
|Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 02:28 pm: ||
The same thing happened to me about 2 weeks ago. When I looked at the broken part it seemed to be just a poorly designed part. Not a good metal (cast Aluminium) and not very much holding it there.
On the bright side of things it seems to be a fairly rare problem.
|Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 08:59 am: ||
The same thing happened to me(2005 XB12R). Funny enough I was at a Buell event. I had to go and chat with my local Buell shop guy and get a ride back to town with him.
Turns out its quite a common problem. I replaced it with a +06 model cover which has been redesigned. Unfortunatley this meant also having to change a few other things like the gear shift mechanism and the clutch cable.