Performance bikes come with a high-capacity engine and blistering power. With these comes the need of features which handle the bike and rider safely while avoiding uncertainties. Where ABS plays a vital role in stopping the fast moving motorcycle, Slipper Clutch is yet another component which does the duty while in motion and, especially, while munching down the corners.
When there is a sudden need of downshifting the gear, slipper clutch makes the movement smooth and prevents the jolt which is felt at rear tyres in conventional clutch consisting bikes. When we enter a corner or slow down in an emergency, we lower down the gears quickly which causes the rear tyre continue moving faster than the engine speed. Resultantly, the rear tyre may skid, jump or lock up. Slipper clutch does not let this happen and there is quite a science behind it. Let’s try to understand how it works.
Clutch is an assembly of a group of steel plates which have springs rolled onto it and are joint to friction substance. While clutch connects the crankshaft and gearbox, downshifting of gears leads the clutch section experience back torque. In the case of slipper clutch assembly, the clutch hub and pressure plate incorporate ramps at the sides of it. While hard braking force, the clutch hub and pressure plate slightly move away to each other due to the ramps and will slide aginst each other instead of locking up.
This simple machinery has several advantages such as it does not result in rear tyre skidding outside while cornering, it maintains the long life of gearbox and clutch segment and makes for a smooth riding. Although the slipper clutch assembly demands a premium over the conventional clutches, it is worth shedding out extra bucks for safety and convenient riding.