Morini Troubleshooting

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  1. Dave31

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    When ever I let off the gas and start to slow down my motor makes a growling/groaning sound. Even after coming to a complete stop it will do it for a few seconds. Sometimes it's so bad I feel it in the seat and handlebars. But it does not do it all the time.

    I suspect it is in the clutch but I am not sure. Anybody have any ideals?
     
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  2. GearNut

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    I am by no means a Morini expert, but that sounds like a bearing going bad or a poor fitting bushing allowing the shaft/part that it supports to oscillate. My first hunch would be clutch related. Again, I am no Morini pro by any stretch of my imagination.
     
  3. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    maybe it's growling because it's mad at having to slow down...
     
  4. foureasy

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    i agree with bairdco
     
  5. Easy Rider

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    I think your motor and clutch are tight and needs to be broken in. Mine took at least 20+ hours of riding or close to 1000 miles before it started smoothing out.
     
  6. marts1

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    older motor, gearnut might be right..newer motor, easy rider maybe right
     
  7. azbill

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    new motor...my bet's with easy !!! :)
     
  8. Dave31

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    I pulled the clutch cover off and everything looks okay. The only thing I notice is a little play with the shoe hub but that could be normal?

    Here is some more pics plus a video of the play in the hub

    Clutch pictures by fr31BoXer - Photobucket
     

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    Hey bro i know its late... can you help? want to download some pics and do not have a clue how:( From James (1badseed)
     
  10. Dave31

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    Hmmmmm..... I really do not like what I see in your video. That is a boatload of free play on the clutch drum. I wish I knew what is considered acceptable play for your Morini clutch. Some clutches are happy set up like that, but most all clutches I have worked on...... that much free play means the drum hub bushing/ needle bearing is toast.
     
  12. Dave31

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    Yeah I am not sure myself and I suspect thats what I am hearing. Not having any experience with these clutches I am unsure. But I do know I dont like it.

    I heard that noise the very first time I rode it, second time nothing. Third time nothing, but did it the fourth time.
     
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    I'll take my cover off this weekend and check to see if that play in the bell is normal. It also gives me a chance to change my clutch oil.
     
  14. Goat Herder

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    I had strange noises as well. It sounded just like the rear tire was rubbing it was not rubbing. I switched to Bell Ray 80w gear clutch oil same as Easy. That helped chatter a ton. The rubbing thing went away for me over time. I suspect the shoes have to brake in and seat a little. I am curious to hear how much end play Easy has? Mine has free play as well.. Probably fine.
     
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    I have several Franco Morini Motors, Break in is 500 miles. So.. Go easy for the first 500 miles.. Enjoy the ride...
     
  16. Spunout

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    see? this is the difference between this forum and 'the other'.... here, nobody is verbally spanked for not being Captain Forum Expert.
    and also, a guy like myself can go completely off-topic without repercussions. as long as it doesnt become a habit, that is :)

    somewhat back on-topic, fair i didnt even realize you had that awesome santa cruz motored bike until i saw it on youtube. i looked for a thread about it but couldnt find one.
    have some questions
     
  17. Dave31

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    Whut? You no speakie 001010001010100001? o_O

    /banned

    laff
     
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    Does anybody know what the lifespan of a franco mornini motor is?
     

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