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Old 11-04-2013, 10:41 PM
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Default Re: clutch is tightening after a ride

I owned a Francis Barnett with a Villiers engine during my twenties and the gearbox design used a very similar way of operating the clutch. When I first got the bike I had problems with the operating rod being too short due to wear so I added a second ball bearing as a temporary fix. As it happened it became one of those temporary fixes that ended up being permanent and when I finally sold the bike (like an idiot) it still had the same two ball bearings in place on the end of the operating rod.
Mind you the Fanny-Bee used a cork lined wet clutch and with the British approach to automatic exterior lubrication of the engine and its immediate environment there was never any problem with the operating rod lacking for lubrication.
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