- Jan 16, 2015
Awesome 150 km ride today, until the final half an hour! Pulled out to blast past a couple of cars whilst chasing my mates Ducati, went to change up - nothing! I knew exactly what it was straight away as this was my second such experience.
My gear change actuating rod had snapped at the forward threaded portion! For the second time; the first was inside warranty. Clutch in, freewheeled into a rural driveway, car horns blaring! Yup, snapped in exactly the same place.
So, 20km from home, no way to bodge up a repair. It’s RACQ home, or hand select a gear and try riding. The actuating rod snapped in 4th (I think). Although on a slight up hill section, she still pulled away, just; bags of revs and feather that clutch! Made it home easy enough. Felt the clutch physically slip a couple of times and there was some labouring occurring, obviously. In hindsight I should have tried to hand select 3rd.
Has this happened to you? If not, I suspect the likelihood is pretty high that it will. The design is obviously poor, so what’s the answer? Has anyone designed a more robust link bar? Should we all carry a spare and the tools to change it roadside?
Pulled into my garage over 5 hours ago and the engine casings are still warm to the touch. I’m hoping not to have damaged the clutch in any way, guess it’s designed to slip when under excessive load.
Any thoughts my fellow Nortonistas? I can accept one failure, bad batch right? But two?!
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I would if Norton , keeping the beautiful stainless curved rod ,BUT thread it on the OD (outside) . Go to 8 mm ball joints and finish it for good this way. The rod is very pretty ! The rod should not be narrowed to 6mm but kept at full diameter , and 8mm ball joints.