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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
:hat I have just recently been to Red Dog Motorcycles to ask about potential clutch failures on the Tre. It turns out that they have two in the workshop that have failed.

The problem is not the actual clutch basket but the drive gear riveted onto it. The small gear breaks up, leaving the bike free wheeling and fills the oil pump causing failure of that also. This can leave you up to £1000.00 out of pocket. The other problem is that you can only rebuild the engine using original Benelli parts, thus potentially having the problem again at a later date as there is no modified unit.

You will know if you have a problem if the clutch becomes very noisy or you lose drive. You can also check your magnet on the sump plug, if this is covered in swaf (like a christmas tree) you have a problem!:rolleyes

If there is enough interest, I will try to contact a few engineering companies around my area (Kent) to see if it is viable to have some machined. If so it would mean having your existing clutch removed, the basket taken off and re-riveted onto the new gear.

I don't know the costs obviously, but if there is enough interest the cost would come down. Please let me know if you are interested.

Lloyd
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
clutch

Forget getting another gear made dude, Benelli now make a clutch basket with a wider/stronger generator drive gear, it comes standard in all later model Tornado's. All distributors were sent enough of the improved clutch baskets to update all the earlier bikes.
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Been there done that

If you can do it yourself your looking at less than half that. As Johnny O said its been replaced with a stronger part that doesn't break (I hope). You can see they visually look different. The new one has thicker and deeper teeth. I did it myself and it cost me around £300 inc carriage etc. I did an oil change etc while I was at it. Ran sweet as a nut at Isle of Man once I fixed the leaky seal on the plugs (my fault forgot to seal them properly). Its not that bad of a job either, its just like doin a clutch plate change only you take the while basket out.

Anyways wish ya the best

ps someone on here wrote bout slippery pegs and using a tape or somethin but it doesnt last long. I may have a solution. Once by bikes got the gaskets in from KJM and back on the road I'll replace the pegs and take some snaps see what you think

Dean
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Clutch

:hat Thanks for the info Johnny O, would you or any others out there happen to have the part number and where would I get it from? Red Dog did not seem to know that there was a new beefier clutch.

My bike is fine at the moment, but I can't help thinking that the bloody thing will go miles from anywhere!
If the part is available I would like to fit it, prevention being better than cure and all that!

Any help would be greatly appriciated.:)
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
clutch

The new clutch basket with the stronger gear has the same part number as the earlier part, it has the letter 'J' stamped on the middle gear.
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Clutch

:hat Thank's Johnny O, I will see if I can source it. As I say there is nothing wrong with mine at present so I don't mind the wait for the new part.
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Re: Clutch

Lloyd, have you read Dean's post?
If you have to wait, at least open it up and have a look - just for peace of mind.
I've documented Dean's experience here. It shows what a busted one looks like. Scary!
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
LE clutch problems too????

:smokin

So....the question as to the LE dry clutch having, or not having the same problem, still stands unanswered...

Does the LE dry clutch have this defect or not???...does anyone know??...

Thanks for any reply

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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Re: LE clutch

Thanks for the reply....so now I can relax abit about my LE clutch not having this reliability issue...

:) :) :) :) :)

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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Clutch

:hat

Hi Engenia, my Tornado frame no end with 100679. Does this mean I am in the clear?

By the way, thank's to all that have responded to my posting, I appreciate it.:)
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Re: Clutch

The Australian recalls were up to 497. Mine is 922, so yours could still be suspect. I haven't seen a recall list for European bikes.

If I were you, I would be opening up the RHS and checking for that 'J'. It's not that difficult to do, for a lot of peace of mind.

While it's open, measure the width of the gear. It should be wider than Dean's stuffed one.

Dean - what is the width of the old one?
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
gear thickness

The old thin gear is 6mm wide, the new improved clutch basket has an 8mm wide gear fitted.
 
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