Hello Everyone, I have a 1974 850 Norton Commando. It has a 5 Friction plate Barnett clutch. It will not release the plates all the way. It wants to Pull the bike with the clutch pulled in. I have adjusted it several times at the primary cover. The plates are Not stuck together when I pulled it apart. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Whilst mine did drag at one time like yours it slipped as well. The culprit was the center drum that had a multitude of notches beaten into it. Some of these drums are hardened and some are not. They're not cheap either but a new hardened one may be the solution to your problem. Bill
Bikes 1974 Commando 1985 Honda Nighthawk 650 1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Flying Tiger" Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.
Did you buy the right plates? There are two thicknesses. By the way, when machining new aluminum clutches I found the Barnett drive (steel, outer notches) plates are slightly undersize compared to the Norton plates so they will rattle in the basket more.