- Jun 30, 2012
I am wondering if anyone has used a slipper clutch on a Commando ?
It is a good idea if you want to change down without matching engine and gearbox speeds......and also have available excess braking force so don't 'need' the engine braking!I have a slipper clutch (OEM) on one of my other bikes but TBH, have never noticed it feeling any different than a regular clutch as far as normal engine braking is concerned. I ASSUME if I was at speed and accidentally shifted down to too low a gear it would prevent rear wheel slippage/skidding. I ASSUME that a modern bike with a high performance, high compression engine could benefit whereas, IMO, a stock Commando wouldn't. IOW, I don't think my Commando needs one but it sounds like a good idea on a Ducati Panigale!
When I was a kid I would go to the Yamaha dealership and drool over that yellow 400, I wanted that bike so bad. And just happens to be the color of the Norton a teenager had in my neighborhood.
I can't say anythingI thought I was bad about asking the same question years apart.
My first Yam Enduro was a ‘69, had 60, 125, 175, 250 and now a 400. Missed it all the years in between. It’s optically tatty, but mechanically sound. I’d leave on a 3000 mile trip tomorrow...When I was a kid I would go to the Yamaha dealership and drool over that yellow 400, I wanted that bike so bad. And just happens to be the color of the Norton a teenager had in my neighborhood.
however, my 961 could use one occasionally, especially 4th to 3rd. A lot more noticeable than my older Commando.A slipper clutch on a Commando would probably never do much except if you were racing and were forced to down-shift in a corner. Then it might be smoother ?