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mechaghost
10-28-2009, 09:30 PM
I'm still a noob with dry clutches. I know we live in the Pacific Northwest where it is more wet than it is dry. I always wanted to see the clutch plate spinning as I think that is cool :) However I do have concerns about water/debris hitting that spinning plate and causing damage. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

Alternatively, I was thinking of having a full cover but have it see through in certain parts (using lexan or something). I tried searching the interwebs but I have yet to see a clutch cover that was see through but did not expose the clutch plate.

Thanks!

Dave R
10-28-2009, 10:32 PM
we sell some of these..can't recall seeing a closed cover with clear panels..

http://www.rizoma.com/Prodotti/zoom.cfm?IMG=http://www.rizoma.com/IMG/Prodotti/Big/ZDM025B.jpg

http://www.rizoma.com/Prodotti/ProdottiSport.cfm?ID_categoria=20

ducmons
10-28-2009, 10:34 PM
Anything that is exposed to the elements will increase the chances of having an issue. For our region, I'd say the the spring time when there is sand on the roads. Having said that, I wouldn't worry about an open clutch and it's reliability. I've never had any issues with my open clutch covers/pressure plate or clutch plates. Having a dry clutch is something I've always liked about Ducati.

mechaghost
10-28-2009, 10:54 PM
ahh! Thanks for the advice ducmon!

That Rizoma cover looks very sexy Dave

Rich Quarre
10-29-2009, 09:16 AM
Something else to consider with clutch covers...crash worthiness. The stock cover and some after market covers leave a little to be desired if you ever have a bad moment with the bike. SpeedyMoto seems to have a very good reputation for strong (and nice looking) covers. Clutches, particularly damaged ones, can be $$$ to replace.
As for Rizoma stuff, I think it's super nice looking, especially the aluminum finish. I've never used one of their clutch covers, but I have had two different sets of their belt covers. My experience with the Plexiglas panels on the belt covers has been that the small screw holes tend to spiderweb crack within a relatively short time. Don't know about their crash worthiness.

Bong
10-29-2009, 09:49 AM
If you decide to go with an open cover be sure to replace the oem springs with stainless springs. The oem springs rust easily...

I've run open covers with no negative mechanical issues thus far.

ericz
10-29-2009, 10:25 AM
If you decide to go with an open cover be sure to replace the oem springs with stainless springs. The oem springs rust easily..

You can get different colored anodized spring caps as well to "bling" things up as well! :happy57:

A clear cover...? I bet Swarovski crystal could make something like a giant watch crystal for your Duc. But be ready to put down gargantuan $$ :happy44:

CINDESMO
10-29-2009, 11:13 AM
I'm still a noob with dry clutches. I know we live in the Pacific Northwest where it is more wet than it is dry. I always wanted to see the clutch plate spinning as I think that is cool :) However I do have concerns about water/debris hitting that spinning plate and causing damage. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

Alternatively, I was thinking of having a full cover but have it see through in certain parts (using lexan or something). I tried searching the interwebs but I have yet to see a clutch cover that was see through but did not expose the clutch plate.

Thanks!

I've never had any problems with my open clutch cover. I think that about 15k miles the springs had some surface rust but you can buy stainless springs. When you remove the closed covers a lot of yucky dust comes out.

Jeremy
10-29-2009, 12:25 PM
I rode with an open clutch for a winter (closed cover for the winter prior due to concerns about water). The only issue I had is when you park the bike for an extended period (say overnight) after riding in wet conditions the plates may lightly rust together as the clutch dries out. It's never been an issue, as they break apart the first time you pull in the clutch when you start it the next morning. You'll know they're stuck together because your clutch will be eerily quiet when you first start the bike.

My bikes have always been garaged though. I probably wouldn't run an open cover if the bike sat outside in the rain all night, as the rust issue may be worse, and could cause the plates to wear out faster.

I've also heard that if you are running Barnett aftermarket clutch plates they do not like wet conditions, and will wear out extremely fast. OEM plates are fine though...19K miles and counting for me...rain or shine. :)

mechaghost
10-29-2009, 04:07 PM
Sweet! Now I have more confidence in going for an open clutch cover :) But of course with a open clutch cover pressure plate and springs are next!

I decided to go with http://www.rizoma.com/Prodotti/zoom.cfm?IMG=http://www.rizoma.com/IMG/Prodotti/Big/ZDM025B.jpg in gold color